The other night when I went to open up a can of cat food for the two resident cats, I accidentally opened up a small can of salmon instead. I recently had a coupon for a free 5 oz. can of Chicken of the Sea salmon which just happened to be the same size as the cat food. Deciding that salmon was really too good for the cats I refrigerated it and then made these salmon patties for our lunch the next day:
1 16 oz. can salmon
1/3 cup finely minced onion
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsps. baking powder
2-3 Tbsps. cooking oil
Drain the salmon and place in a bowl. Add the egg, onion, flour, and baking powder and mix lightly. Form into small balls. You can get 8-10 from this amount. Place the balls on a plate or tray (line with waxed paper) and let stand for about 15 mins. This helps them to firm up a bit. When ready to fry the patties, heat the oil in a skillet and then gently place each ball in and press down with your fingers to form a patty. This method helps to prevent them from breaking. Brown for about 3-4 mins. and then turn with a spatula to brown the other side. Drain on paper towels and serve.
Since I had just the small 5 oz. can, I halved all the ingredients. (To halve an egg: break into a cup, stir with a fork, and then use just half.) This amount was perfect for two people. You can also make these with a can of tuna if desired.
I had mentioned in the comments section of my last post about an accident a former Home Economics student of mine had where she broke a cast iron skillet. I was actually rather stunned because I thought those things were indestructible. Our class was meeting in a basement kitchen which had a concrete sub floor. When she dropped the skillet it broke right in two. Children and students have a way of doing things you never thought possible!
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