Simple Salmon Patties just like mom used to make
Guilty pleasures, I have them sometimes — when I’m bored or need something mindless to either sooth my weariness or to lull me to sleep. I watch shows on TV that I know will offer nothing to expand my intelligence other than to be thankful for my own life.
I feel the same way about my food journal. Even though I’ve studied food for years now and I definitely buy into the whole notion of when you know better, you do better — there are just some guilty pleasures and shows that I just crave from time to time. Especially when I grew up on them and I want to conjure a memory and it’s a simple meal that I can make very easily, then sit down and enjoy it and allow the food to take me back to when I was a little girl.
This is a recipe my mom made and it’s using canned salmon. My son just texted me and asked me for the recipe because obviously we used to visit my parents and she would make this and it would be sitting on the stove waiting for us after we traveled six hours from Nashville. It was so cute, but it reminded me of how there are just some meals you can make with a little help from canned foods and even if it lacks finesse or sophistication in the ingredients, it conjures a feeling of home and takes us back to our past and growing up — like a food hug.
Maybe you need a little simple food hug that can be as close to whatever you already have stashed in your pantry. Canned foods have their place since they allow the convenience of storage and the shelf life it lends to cooking for a family is necessary when it’s too late in the evening to drag yourself to the store. I’ve been there. We all have. Try this. It must be good if my son is asking for it.
1 can canned salmon
2 pieces toasted bread, torn into small pieces
Panko bread crumbs
Vegetable oil to coat a skillet
Apple cider vinegar (if you’re like me and want to douse your fried patties with this)
In a small skillet, heat a little oil.
In a bowl mix the canned salmon with the toast and egg. Form into small little round discs. Submerge in a bowl of bread crumbs and fry until golden on each side. Serve with a little spritz of vinegar.
Janet McCormick is the author of “10-Minute Meals” and owner of Let’s Eat in Huntington. She lives in Lawrence County, Ohio. She can be reached at 304-654-2003 or www.10-minutemeals.com.