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Friday, February 5, 2021

Salmon Cakes with Bacon

Salmon Cakes with Bacon are so delicious! You would never believe that a can of salmon from your pantry could be turned into such a delicious dinner, but it can, and I will share with you how to do it! Salmon Cakes with Bacon, these cakes should be on your dinner table...

Delicious, frugal and easy. Salmon Cakes with Bacon.
Having cans of fish or meat in your pantry will guarantee that you can get dinner on the table without another trip to the store. Now I know, I have beat this drum countless times, but it really is my favorite song! We are out in the country, but not so far that a trip to town would break the bank, but why? 

You see it is more about the time invested in going to town than anything else because time cannot be replaced. And in our lives today even with the limits placed upon us by illness or a work schedule, time is the one thing we can spend in the way that we want, and that is very important for overall happiness. For me, happiness it is not running into town for an item needed to complete dinner...

And that is where a recipe like Salmon Cakes with Bacon comes in! With work schedules, commute lengths, and the time invested in getting to work and back home again, I don't want to have to go to the store once I am. Especially now with full-time work for the next few months, as we prepare to get stage II of our Five Year Plan, completed in June. 

Salmon Cakes with Bacon, uncommonly good!

What is stage II you might ask? Well, we will be completing the second floor in the shop, laying a gravel drive to the shop including a culvert pipe replacement at the edge of the property, building raised garden beds, possibly a henhouse/coop, and a coat of paint on the house, WHEW! Oh, and we are having a grandbaby too...Running to the store is not going to be happening! But with a bounty of pantry ingredients-based recipes like Salmon Cakes with Bacon, I won't have to.

While you do need to plan ahead for the small potato that must be baked* and cooled, these Salmon Cakes with Bacon are worth the extra step! The bacon sets off the full rich flavor in this dish, so don't even think about not using it! Just a note of caution, these little cakes are a bit fragile until turned to brown on the second side. Don't let the plain look of these cakes fool you...

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • canned salmon
  • bacon
  • onion
  • egg
  • mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • sugar
  • citrus zest
  • potato
  • panko OR dried bread crumbs
  • Parmesan cheese 
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • salt 
  • olive oil
  • butter
You will also need the following:
  • kitchen knife
  • medium-sized skillet
  • cutting board
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • mixing bowl
  • metal spatula
  • colander
  • shallow bowl 
Now we are ready to begin!

Salmon Cakes with Bacon, a delicious "pantry Ingredients" main dish to enjoy!
Salmon Cakes with Bacon

Salmon Cakes with Bacon
adapted from: Tasting Spoons

2 slices bacon 
1/4 cup onion — minced
1 whole egg
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon OR lime zest
14 ounces canned salmon 
1 small potato 

1/4 cup panko or dried bread crumbs
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese — (yep I use the green can)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 - 4 T fat - a nice combination is 1 T olive oil and 1 T butter for each pan of patties

Peel the cooled potato, mash, and fluff with a fork set aside. 

Cook the minced bacon until brown and crisp, remove to a small plate lined with a paper towel, and set aside. Drain all but 1 T bacon fat from the pan, saute onion until soft but not brown. Let the onion mixture, cool.

Drain the salmon, remove large bone pieces, along with any skin. Crumble, and set aside. 

Combine the cooked bacon, onion, egg, mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, and lemon or lime zest in a bowl. Add the crumbled salmon and potato, mixing gently after each addition. Form the mixture into 12 small patties.

In a shallow dish, combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and pepper, to taste.

Coat the patties with the breadcrumb topping.

Heat the oil/butter in a large saute pan over medium heat, and cook the salmon cakes in batches until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes per side, turning carefully. Add remaining oil/butter and cook the second batch of patties. 

Arrange on a serving platter and serve with lemon wedges, tartar sauce, or raita if desired. 

* You may also steam a potato in the jacket until tender, set aside to cool. 

Storage options for Salmon Cakes with Bacon. These tasty salmon patties/cakes may be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to two days. I do not recommend that these tender cakes be frozen. 

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    1. Thanks! They really are good, I hope you give them a try!

  2. We had salmon cakes growing up but never with bacon added. Sounds yummy. These days I usually make tuna cakes instead but will add salmon to my next pantry stock up list. Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at #HomeMattersParty

    1. You are welcome, the bacon makes these especially delicious!

  3. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    1. Thank you Marilyn, and thanks so much for hosting! I appreciate sharing with Over the Moon!

  4. These sound great. We always eat well when money is tight...the can of salmon off the cellar shelf, the steak in the freezer, etc. come out! I will make breakfast for supper rather than make a 10 min. trip to town!

    1. We share a common mindset regarding cooking! Once home, I rarely want to leave. Plus I have used days like that to sharpen my creativity. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Each Hostess displays their own features so be sure to visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

    1. Thank you Marilyn! And thanks for hosting Over the Moon!

  6. My hubby would like this recipe! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Monthly Link Party 22. Shared!

    1. Thank you Dee! I appreciate sharing with Grammy's Grid unlimited monthly party! Have a wonderful week ahead.

  7. Wow. That looks heavenly, I'd love to try this!

    1. They are tasty! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.


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