Monday, December 10, 2012

Salmon Croquettes - Remoulade Sauce (budget friendly)

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Trust me, outta of this world good!!

So I was watching Dr. Oz the other day, (love me my Dr. Oz) and he was talking about what "everyday people" could do to eat healthier and not break the bank.
I was very interested in the particular issue, because eating healthy is important to me.
Sure I like to indulge, who doesn't?  But ultimately I like to make a variety of dishes for my family that are healthy without breaking the bank.  
One of the things he said is that the new variety of vegetables and canned fishes are actually just as healthy as the frozen ones.  He said for example that canned salmon is just as good for you, and a lot cheaper.  I was all for that!!


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Look at that flaky goodness, seriously delicious!!

There was one problem... my family does not like salmon.  They love tuna, but they do not like salmon.  Truth be told, salmon is not my favorite either, but I do know it's full of nutrients making it very heart healthy.  Why is salmon so good for you, you ask?

- Salmon is loaded with protein and muscle-building amino acids.


- Salmon is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which help your body make anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe body aches and pains, as well as support fat-loss. Omega-3's also helps skin recover from skin damage from UV rays.

-Salmon is high in Vitamin D, which supports strong bones and can help ward off colon cancer.


- Salmon is high in Selenium, which can help lower the risk of prostate cancer.


So I improvised, actually what I really did was transform the salmon so my family couldn't detect it. *grin*

Hey, a mom's has to do what a mom's has to do...



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The croquettes turned out absolutely beautifully!!  They were crunchy on the outside and bursting with onion and herb flavor, all with the now disguised flaky salmon. *grin*
I loved that there wasn't any "flour" in this dish, so you could actually taste all the amazing flavors.  My family gobbled them up and I was super happy that I found a dish I could serve that my family would eat with gusto, knowing I was providing them a nutritious meal, all without breaking the bank, SCORE!!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;


Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8 patties

Ingredients:
Remoulade:
1-1/4 cups mayonnaise
1 tbsp capers (finely chopped)
1 tsp seafood seasoning (I used Old Bay)
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
2-1/2 tsp lemon juice (I used fresh)
1 scallion, finely chopped


Croquettes:
1 can 14.75 oz. (418g) salmon (I used wild Alaska pink)
1 scallion, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
3/4 cup fish fry coating mix, plus a little more for coating after
(I used Walmart brand)
1 egg beaten
1/4 cup remoulade sauce
1 tbsp hot sauce (I used Siracha)
Oil for frying (I used Grapeseed, canola/vegetable will do just fine

*Recipe courtesy of and adopted from Sandra Lee - Foodnetwork*

Directions:
Sauce:
Mix all your ingredients into a bowl, reserve 1/4 cup of the remoulade sauce and set the rest of the sauce in refrigerator to chill.

Croquettes:
-Open up can of salmon and discard all skin and bones.  

-In a medium bowl, add your salmon and flake.






- Add in the the rest of your croquette ingredients and mix well.





-Pour reserved fish fry mix (corn flour/bread crumbs) into a shallow dish.

-To make croquettes; using a 1/3 cup measure pack your salmon mixture (this ensures a perfect round patty - hey I'm a plethora of information I say), into the measuring cup.  Shake out the mixture onto the palm of your hand and flatten slightly.  





-Once flattened, dredge salmon croquette into the reserved mix, making sure all sides have been covered, set onto a plate and continue with the rest of your mixture.

-When all the patties have been formed, place plate in the refrigerator and chill patties for 30 minutes.

-When patties are chilled, in a large skillet, add enough oil to reach 1" (one inch).  Heat to medium high heat.  I know the oil is ready when I drop a crumb and it starts to sizzle immediately.

-Add salmon croquettes to the hot oil, ensuring you don't overcrowd.  I ended up frying two batches, 4 in each batch.

-Fry for a few minutes on one side to ensure nicely golden, flip and let the other side become golden crisp as well.

-Remove onto paper lined plate and keep warm.  Finish the rest of the patties, place on a pretty plate and serve with the absolutely OUT OF THIS WORLD remoulade sauce.


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I served my croquettes with steamed corn and peas and homemade biscuits.  I'm thinking next time a nice baked potato will be excellent.

Have I convinced you yet to make these?  Want me to come over and help?  I'll bring wine... *grin*

Till next time!!


Dishin with Didi

13 comments :

  1. These look great and I'm going to try them as well because my family isn't crazy about Salmon. However this is a great way to disguise it and I'd love to get all the healthy benefits into them too :)

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    1. Lisa I promise you, they won't know it's not tuna... just say "croquettes" to them... and your good to go!!
      Mommy's have to stick together my friend!!! ♥

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    2. Which remind me Lisa, I so have to contact you. Be on the lookout from a msg from me!

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  2. I make these all the time. As did my mom while I was growing up. Hubby put up with them. Kids came and again it was tolerated. The past few years since it's now hubby and me and Iam also into healthier eating..I use ground oatmeal for filler and coating. To get hubby to eat them I add chili sauce (like Heinze or hunts). General other ingredients as you do. Hubby loves them. I miss the fish flavor but love them also.

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    1. Hi Linda!!!
      Thank you so much for commenting and suggesting on your culinary adventures!! I love each and every bit of advice, always!! ♥

      Oatmeal you say and chili sauce to sub? Hmmmmm, that sounds like so Asian style to me!! I bet with extra scallions and a smidgen of fresh ginger crushed in there it would be to die for!!!

      Thank you so very much for the tips!!! ♥♥♥

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  3. I make these all the time. As did my mom while I was growing up. Hubby put up with them. Kids came and again it was tolerated. The past few years since it's now hubby and me and Iam also into healthier eating..I use ground oatmeal for filler and coating. To get hubby to eat them I add chili sauce (like Heinze or hunts). General other ingredients as you do. Hubby loves them. I miss the fish flavor but love them also.

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  4. I make these all the time. As did my mom while I was growing up. Hubby put up with them. Kids came and again it was tolerated. The past few years since it's now hubby and me and Iam also into healthier eating..I use ground oatmeal for filler and coating. To get hubby to eat them I add chili sauce (like Heinze or hunts). General other ingredients as you do. Hubby loves them. I miss the fish flavor but love them also.

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  5. We as a family love salmon and aren't so fond with tuna ha,ha. I try to make fish one day per week for us and the little one! This recipe looks fantastic and I am sure my family will enjoy it very much! thanks for sharing it dear. I already put it in my box to try it!

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    1. I love fish and I try to serve it as well Katerina!! Filakia

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  6. I love salmon but I have never had a fish croquette. I love chicken croquettes though. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. Hi Precious,
      So very easy and absolutely delicious, I'm not joking.
      Aldi's has a super Wild Pink Alaskan Salmon. The best. Just as flaky as can be.

      Let me know!!

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  7. Oooooh Girlfriend! I love salmon croquettes but have never made my own. I am sooooo trying your recipe which looks really easy to make and soooooo YUM!

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    1. Linda my friend, so very easy and beyond delicious!!

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