Thursday, June 26, 2008

My New Favorite Recipe

Okay, so before Ellie on the Food Network endorsed canned salmon I was a little scared.
This recipe was so tasty and really easy. Would be great with that three bean asian salad I
made lastweek. With a rushed schedule and my new frugalness, I simply made a mixed greens
salad with edamame and topped with lime juice and EVOO. This was so good we ate it for two nights in a row.

Asian Salmon Cakes
6 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread
2 (15-ounce) cans salmon, drained, skin and bones removed
eggs, lightly beaten
5 scallions
1/2 cup finely chopped canned water chestnuts
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
Creamy Ginger-Sesame Sauce, recipe follows

Remove crusts from the bread, break into pieces, and process in a food processor until you get a fine bread crumb. In a large bowl, flake apart the salmon with a fork. Add the egg and mix well. Finely chop 4 of the scallions and add to the bowl. Add the water chestnuts, cilantro, pepper, and the bread crumbs and mix well. Shape the mixture into 12 patties.
In a large nonstick
skillet, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil over a medium heat. Add 6 patties and cook for 5 minutes on each side. Transfer the cooked patties to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil to the pan, and cook the rest of the salmon cakes, 5 minutes on each side. Chop the remaining 1 scallion. Serve salmon cakes with the sauce and garnish with scallion.

Creamy Ginger-Sesame Sauce:
1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt, or 6 tablespoons nonfat Greek-style yogurt 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
If using regular yogurt place the yogurt in a strainer lined with a paper towel. Put the strainer over a bowl and place in the refrigerator to drain and thicken for 30 minutes. Place drained yogurt or Greek-style yogurt into a small bowl. Add mayonnaise, ginger, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Whisk until smooth.
Yield: about 2/3 cup

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