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Since I am a teacher, I go into summer mode much earlier than it actually appears. To me, summer is laid back and carefree. Even though I have piles of my students’ papers to examine and sort through, I would rather be basking in the sun and eating light foods and sipping on lemonade. Given that I am slowly feeling the last stretch of the school year, my desire to jump into summer has definitely taken effect. When looking for meal ideas this week, I tried to convince Dan to plan classic summer dishes and meals that can be enjoyed on a hot day. Fortunately, the weather this week has approached the feeling of summer here. Consequently, Dan was convinced to make salmon cakes. Although we were saving this dish for a warmer day, this weekend delivered the feeling of summer that I had been craving. Therefore, this delicious seafood dish was quickly created in our kitchen.




Salmon is a food that is such a treat at our house. We love the variations that can be done, the great taste and texture, and also the light essence of it. We have cooked it in an assortment of ways, and have never made it the same way twice. From barbecued salmon to poached, we have tried numerous and refreshing ways to cook this favorite fish. We have enjoyed getting creative with salmon due to its health benefits and also to the different and great taste that can mix up our weeknight meals. When we brainstormed the idea of salmon cakes, this recipe made Dan eager to experience a new recipe, and me thrilled to have a taste of summer. We are always looking for different and creative meals, and this one definitely delivered.

Fresh Alaskan Salmon

Even though there are a few steps to this dish, I would categorize it as very simple. After the salmon is seasoned and baked, the mixing and creation of the patties is quite easy. As we always note, this recipe can also be adapted to add an ingredient to the mixture, or change up the sauce in any way. In fact, when we made the sauce, we made an exciting twist on classic pesto. Rather than adding pine nuts, we made a more inexpensive choice, and used almonds. At first we were a bit hesitant to utilizing this ingredient. However, after it was complete, it was a refreshing and bold choice! This addition was so welcomed and could be our new staple when making homemade pesto. Enjoy this colorful and delightful dish and share it with your family or dinner guests. Hopefully it also brings a taste of summer to your dinner table.




Salmon Cakes with Almond Pesto

Salmon Cakes with Almond Pesto

Ingredients

  • 1 pound salmon (we are fans of Wild Alaskan Salmon)
  • 1 cup panko
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup chives
  • ½ a lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. fresh, chopped garlic
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 1 cup basil
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using foil in a Pyrex dish, prepare salmon with generous salt and pepper, olive oil and lemon slices. Place in oven for 30 minutes. Given that it will be grilled and put back in the oven, this time ensures that the salmon will not be too dry.
  3. While baking, prepare the pesto using almonds, basil, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Place all items in a food processor and chop until smooth. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, breadcrumbs, garlic and panko, and stir.
  5. Once the salmon is cool enough to start mixing, shred it using a fork and add it to the mixture.
  6. Using your hands, form the mixture into large patties.
  7. In a large skillet, cook the patties for 2 minutes on each side.
  8. When cooking on the stove is complete, transfer the patties to a greased baking sheet. Place back in oven for 5-8 minutes to avoid drying out the salmon.
  9. Enjoy!
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