Salmon croquettes are an old recipe, once common on tables across both the American South and American Jewish households.
Consisting of canned salmon mixed with some form of binder, rolled in bread crumbs and fried, this was a recipe born from the Great Depression when food needed to be as inexpensive and nutritious as possible and stretched to feed a large family. The famous author William Faulkner loved salmon croquettes as his favorite food and my dad makes a killer version of them as well.
As it happens, not only are salmon croquettes nostalgic to those of us who ate it thanks to our parents and grandparents, but my updated version is extremely delicious! Made with top-quality wild salmon, herbs and capers, bound with cream cheese and mayonnaise, rolled in Japanese panko crumbs and fried in clarified butter, I guarantee you they will set your tastebuds to DefCon 1!
Garnish it with some sour cream and a bit of caviar topped with chervil and chives – heaven! I choose to add some roasted Japanese peas into my croquettes for texture, but they can be easily left out if you so choose. This is my preferred brand of canned pink salmon.
This is a delicious and fast meal without compromise, Citizens – I hope you choose to give it a try!
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