It's the beginning of a new year which means a fresh start; a clean slate; a "do over" so to speak. It's also a time to reflect and make resolutions. For many people, the resolution is to eat healthier. If that's your resolution, or you're just looking for a new recipe to try, I've got a great recipe to share.
My mother fixed fried salmon patties, also known as salmon croquettes, at least once a month. They were good, but not something I was interested in cooking when I moved away from home. I liked the salmon patties, but I didn't like to fry food then and I don't like to fry food now either. As far as I was concerned, salmon patties were a thing of the past, something to be enjoyed only when visiting my mother.
About 15 years ago, I found a recipe for Baked Salmon Patties. The recipe doesn't use the same ingredients that my mother did, but they taste just as good and are healthier since they are baked not fried. My husband loves them so I always double the recipe. If I don't, there's not enough left over for another night!
The recipe calls for one 14 3/4 ounce can of salmon, but I substitute two 5 ounce cans of skinless, boneless salmon. If you use the larger can, you'll need to remove the skin and bones. That's not something I enjoy doing so I'm willing to pay extra for the task to be done for me.
In addition to salmon, the recipe uses an egg, milk, seasonings and, to bind everything together, fresh bread crumbs. Fresh bread crumbs and dried bread crumbs are two different things and cannot be used interchangeably. Fresh bread crumbs are made with slices of bread straight from the package. Dried bread crumbs, on the other hand, are made from slices of bread that have been baked in the oven until dried and lightly browned.
You can make fresh bread crumbs with a blender or food processor, but I like to make them in a mini food chopper. Since the mini food chopper is smaller, I can only process one piece of bread at a time. I tear up the piece of bread, place it in the bowl of the food chopper and process it until it's fine crumbs. Two slices of bread make approximately one cup of bread crumbs. If I'm doubling the recipe, I use four slices of bread.