Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Salmon Patties

July is a great time to save a little money on the food bill.  If you garden, your garden is full; the farmer's markets are too.  And all of these lovely new veggies look great beside some inexpensive proteins to round out a meal, giving you some cheap eats to offset that huge air conditioning bill you are no doubt running up.

Today's recipe is courtesy of Mom FC&G:  Salmon Patties

1 can or pouch salmon (6-7 oz) -- look for wild caught domestic if you can
1/2 sleeve of saltine crackers, crushed
1 egg
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. mustard powder (I often up this to 1 t.)

"Sort" the salmon to remove any skin or bones that have been included in the package.  (You could use the flaked leftovers from fillets you grilled, as well.)  Mix with the rest of the ingredients and form into about 4 patties.  Fry in olive oil until golden brown on each side, about 3-5 minutes per side. 

Serve with sauteed garden veggies -- use whatever is ready in your garden.

The Analysis

Fast:  These patties are ready in a jiff!  Experiment with the salmon you use; I have unfortunately found a trade-off to be made between brands that are "clean" (don't include a lot of bones and skin) and brands that are domestic, wild caught product. 

Cheap:  As a meat-stretcher recipe, this probably comes in at under $3.  If you have some garden veggies to flesh things out, you will probably get 3-4 servings of food for under $4 total.

Good:  This has always been one of my favorite recipes, so of course I love it and wanted to share it with you!
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