Oh so delicious. I can remember when my mom used to make salmon cakes when I was a kid. Coupled with some Kraft Mac and Cheese (the only real Mac and Cheese) was a highlight of the evening. I once called them the Poor Man’s Salmon Cakes. We didn’t always have very much, but my mom really could cook. That is where I get some of my passion for it.
My mom made sure that I would learn how to, so to speak, wine and dine if I wanted to. I have tried it a few different ways in the past, and I didn’t realize that I was missing some of the ingredients, like egg and lemon juice. This recipe is the closest that I have come to my mom’s croquettes, and they are AWESOME and easy to make.
I used three cans of “Chicken of the Sea” boneless skinless Salmon instead of the 15 oz can that the original recipe called for. I like it this way because I can open the can and drain the juices out of it before I use them. Basically I would just press the top of the can into it and get as much of the juice out before use. Then I put them in the bowl.
I used Saltine Crackers and crushed them in a zip lock bag. About ½ of a row of crackers equals one cup, once crushed. Add a little bit of onion, salt, pepper, egg, and lemon juice. Then pack them into little patties. The recipe said that it makes 8 patties, but I made 6. They were about 3” in diameter after I pressed them onto some parchment paper.
I got the oil hot and placed them into the pan. With a little sizzle and pop, they started to brown. I made some Mac and Cheese, and I was in HOG HEAVEN. It brought me back to the good ol’ days.
Enjoy and remember, “It doesn’t have to be difficult to be delicious.”
Click here for the recipe: Salmon Croquettes