Sunday, January 27, 2013

Salmon Patties = Frugal Dinner

Have you noticed that nothing is getting cheaper these days?
Food prices are going up, up, up!
 So I am actually having a lot of fun finding new ways to economize.
 Thus I was rooting through the pantry and found some long-lost cans of Salmon--eureka!

You can easily find a 14.75 oz. can of Salmon like this for around $3.00.
And if you go online you can probably find a Chicken of the Sea coupon for a dollar off,
which is probably how I ended up with this in my pantry.
With this and a few inexpensive ingredients we had our entree for two for two dinners!
And it was every bit as good as having crab cakes which we love.
Here is a simple recipe for Salmon Patties:

Dump 14.75 oz. can of Salmon contents into mixing bowl.
Do NOT pour off the liquid from the can--it adds flavor.
Remove any large bones;
 the small ones are quite soft and edible.
Then stir in 2 Large Eggs.

Then add 1 small Chopped Onion,
1 Tablespoon of dried Parsley (or fresh if you have it),
Pepper and Salt to taste.
Mix gently.

Then stir in 1 to 1 1/2 cups of fine Bread Crumbs,
 just enough to make it all bind together without overdoing it.
Mix gently and form into nice flat, uniform patties.

Fry them until nicely browned in butter or vegetable oil.

While that is frying you can whip up a quick Tartar Sauce.
Why overpay for a skimpy squeeze bottle of it when you can make it fresh in under two minutes?
Simply stir together:
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Sweet Pickle Relish
1 Tablespoon Minced Onion
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
Salt & Pepper to taste

Then serve it up with a couple of vegetables of your choice.
We had Brussels Sprouts and Pickled Beets.
Dinner for two TWICE for way less than $10.00 total!
And it was good--try it! 
What is your favorite frugal dinner?


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