Monday, August 22, 2011

Patty Cake, Patty Cake

As you know, I abhor wasting food. Sometimes, however, there is only a tiny bit of something left. What does one DO with that? Well, I found at least one answer recently, when I was left with the remaining smoked salmon from a tin that I had partially used the other day. A seriously tiny bit of salmon....see?

Well, first I flaked the salmon with a fork into a bowl....

Then, added the vegetation; finely chopped bell pepper, celery and green onion...

Now, we add some crunchy Panko Japanese breadcrumbs, an egg, some lemon rind, Old Bay seasoning, salt, pepper and dill. Mix until blended.

Form the mixture into patties, place on parchment paper, and refrigerate while you make the dip...

The dip is as simple as can be! Mix store-bought mayonnaise with a pressed or finely minced clove of garlic, some lemon rind and juice, some Old Bay seasoning, salt, pepper, and a little more dill.

Now, heat a little butter and plain vegetable oil in your non-stick skillet, about medium heat, and begin to cook the salmon patties...

About six minutes a side....or until they have achieved GB and D status (Golden Brown and Delicious). Here are mine after the flip.

Now, place them on a paper towel for just a minute or two, to cool, remove any leftover oil, and plate to enjoy. The results...?

Thrift-tastic! Thrift-tacular! Oh, um, I mean that they were elegant, delicious, crispy on the outside and tender and wonderful on the inside. The vegetables were done enough to not be too crunchy, the dill and Old Bay seasoning came through, but not enough to drown the salmon taste out. Just wonderful! 

I feel especially thrilled that in a world where there are people who are without adequate food and water, that I made good use of something that others might consider only a few Tablespoons of food. Turning that small amount of product into a delightful, elegant and tasty salmon patty is what it's all about, for me. 

What thrifty use-up meal is your specialty?

Eat well, my friends...Kitchen Angel and I are working on the scones, AND her next visit!
Love and kindness to all,



  1. Those look SO good. I have to find some smoked salmon to munch on and then use the leftovers to make this!

  2. Thank you, Sarah! I was really pleasantly surprised by this one. Keep on cooking!