We're big fans of seafood here and while we typically consume our underwater friends in whole fillet form, I've lately begun experimenting with canned varieties primarily out of convenience and partially out of my desire to leave my oven OFF during 100+ degree days. Anything that can be achieved on the stove top is a blessing. My experimentation recently yielded these delicious, relatively low-fat salmon and black bean patties. They were a big hit among the little folks and tasted just as good when reheated the next day - another bonus for a large family and a hot summer - leftovers!
Salmon and Black Bean Patties
2 14oz. cans alaskan salmon, drained and picked over for bones
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 bunch cilantro, chopped fine
1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 1/4 cup mayo
1 tsp. pepper
1 Tbs. dijon mustard
Olive oil for frying
In a large bowl combine the salmon, black beans and bread crumbs, stirring well to mix through (sometimes I have to get my hands involved to make sure the salmon is well distributed with the bread crumbs). In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and mayo until combined; stir in cilantro, pepper, dijon mustard and mix well. Pour the egg mixture into the salmon mixture and combine thoroughly. Lightly oil a large non-stick frying pan with olive oil and heat over medium heat. Using a medium size scoop, shape the salmon mixture into patties and press lightly into the hot pan. Be sure not to get your frying pan too hot as you'll brown the outsides before you've had a chance to heat the patty through. You want them nice and golden brown and lightly firm. WARNING: this recipe makes A LOT! At least a good 30 patties depending on how big you make them and if you're not into leftovers like we are, you may want to cut the ingredients in half or only cook half of the salmon mixture and freeze the rest to be fried up at later date.