Salmon Cakes with Lentils & Creamed Peas

I looked at my calendar wrong!!!  (Ever do that?)  My musical endeavors don’t start until next week.  Sigh…

At the risk of hitting you up with three posts in a row (with sincere admiration to those who post every day), here’s “one last one” before radio silence… plus, it happens to be “Fish Recipe Friday” and I thought you might like this.

Fishing has been pretty slow lately and sometimes a girl’s just gotta have salmon.  (Not that there are salmon in our lake — don’t I wish?!)

But with just two of us in the household (and only one who will eat salmon), I often end up with leftovers — even after a single-serving indulgence.  I quickly turned to Food Network for inspiration, whereby I discovered salmon cakes.

I’ve made tuna cakes and, my favorite — Maryland crab cakes — but never salmon.  Unfortunately, my first attempt turned out more like patties than cakes.

Patty cake, patty cake?

(Please disregard the gulley in Cake 2; I taste tested pre-photo)

The original recipe didn’t call for breading, but I rather liked the crunch it added.  (Both versions were delish, by the way!)  After honing my “patting” skills, I pondered what else to serve.

Since we had leftover lentils in the fridge (and only one of us will eat lentils…), I figured toasted pine nuts and almonds would add crunch, too.  Bear in mind, I rarely serve the same dish the same way twice — just call me the Queen of Leftover Conversions. :)

Still, it needed something…

The Salmon Cake and Lentil Tower

Crunchy, meet creamy!

Reminiscent of the tuna hotdish with peas that I consumed by the truckload as a child (and still love to this day), here’s my “grown up” interpretation.  Plus, one can never consume enough legumes. :)

Salmon Cakes with Lentils & Creamed Peas

(Adapted from Ina Garten’s recipe on Food Network)

2 Tbsp. butter, divided

1/4 c. green bell pepper, diced

1/4 c. red bell pepper, diced (I used jarred roasted red peppers)

1/2 Tbsp. capers, drained

1 egg, beaten

1/4 c. mayonnaise

1 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes (fresh is better, but I was out)

1/8 tsp. hot sauce

1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

3/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning

3 to 4 oz. cooked salmon, flaked

3/4 c. toasted bread crumbs, divided (I used whole wheat crumbs)

In a large skillet, sauté the peppers and capers in 1 tablespoon of butter until softened; remove from heat and set aside.

Combine egg, mayonnaise, and seasonings in a bowl.  Add salmon, sautéed vegetables, and enough bread crumbs to bind the mixture; stir gently.  (Reserve remaining crumbs for coating.)

Cover salmon mixture; chill for 30 minutes.

Form mixture into cakes.  Dip into reserved crumbs.  Refrain from patting, unless you want “patties”…

Melt remaining butter in a skillet.  Fry cakes until golden, about 3 minutes per side.  Drain on paper towels; keep warm in the oven.

When ready to serve, plate the cakes with lentils and creamed peas or whatever else your lil’ ol’ heart desires (or the “leftover stash” in your fridge yields.)

For each portion, press 1/2 cup prepared lentils into a ring.  (I used a biscuit cutter — whatever works!)  Invert onto serving plates.

Top “lentil towers” with salmon cakes; drizzle with creamed peas.

Salmon Cakes drizzled with Creamed Peas

Guess what?!

I still ended up with leftovers… oh well.

Thanks for bearing with me and see ya next weekend!

Enjoying the exponential properties of salmon,

~ Kimby