Monday, February 6, 2012

Salmon Cakes with Creamy Tarragon Vinaigrette

These are so tasty and so easy to prepare.   Make the patties ahead of time (up to a day in advance) and then saute them up...and guess what? are  a salmon patty cookin' rock star!  Woot!  Woot!

I have heard rumors of taste bud impaired cooks using canned salmon for these, but I refuse to believe it.  It's just bad cooks talkin' smack.  Who would use canned salmon in Seattle?  Fresh is the way to go...Costco my friends...Costco.

I based this on a recipe from Ina Garten (she is such a favorite chef of mine!)  Everything she does is so fresh and simple.

The Tarragon Vinaigrette is my own recipe, and worth keeping because it goes so well with just about everything...try it on fish taco's, very yummy.

Don't let the ingredient list and directions scare you away from this recipe...basically, all you are doing is sauteing veggies and tossing with cooked salmon.  If you have left over salmon you are already half way there!


For Salmon Cakes

1/2 pound fresh salmon
Good olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup small-diced red onion
1 1/2 cups small-diced celery 
1  cup small-diced red bell pepper 
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons crab boil seasoning (I used Old Bay)
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup good mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten

For Tarragon Vinaigrette
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon chopped or 2 teaspoons dried
2 heaping tablespoons good mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the salmon on a sheet pan, skin side down. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until just cooked.  Allow to rest for 10 minutes and refrigerate until cold.
Meanwhile, place 2 tablespoons of the butter, 2 tablespoons olive oil, the onion, celery, red and yellow bell peppers, parsley,  hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, crab boil seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large saute pan over medium-low heat and cook until the vegetables are soft, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Flake the chilled salmon into a large bowl. Add the bread crumbs, mayonnaise, mustard, and eggs. Add the vegetable mixture and mix well. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Shape into about 8 to 10 cakes.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. In batches, add the salmon cakes and fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until browned. Drain on paper towels; keep them warm in a preheated 250 degree F oven and serve hot
Tarragon Vinaigrette
Mix all ingredients well and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving

Spoon vinaigrette over warm salmon cakes and serve.

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