Cornmeal-crusted Salmon Cakes with Apricot and Currant Chutney
East Coast Favourite Fishcakes Plus Bakes Beans and Other Great Accompaniments have a plethora of incredible fish creations. Chef Peter Woodworth has created exotically seasoned salmon cakes that not only have excellent flavour, but are plenty versatile.
They make an elegant brunch dish, accompanied by Apricot and Currant Chutney, but you can also enjoy them in an informal setting served on whole-wheat buns topped with lettuce, onion, tomato and Dijon mustard.
1 lb (500 g) fresh salmon fillet, cut in several pieces
4 tbsp (60 mL) chopped green onions
1 clove garlic, minced
2 egg whites
1⁄4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground pepper
4 tbsp (60 mL) soft breadcrumbs
2⁄3 cup (150 mL) cornmeal
1 tbsp (15 mL) cumin
1 tsp (5 mL) cayenne pepper
1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon
2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped fresh tarragon
4 tsp (20 mL) olive oil
Combine salmon, green onions, garlic, egg whites, pepper and breadcrumbs in a food processor. Pulse a few times until salmon is coarsely chopped. Rinse your hands with cold water and form the salmon mixture into 6 patties. Refrigerate several hours or overnight to help keep shape when cooking.
On a piece of waxed paper, combine cornmeal, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon and tarragon. Gently press into the patties. Place a non-stick pan over medium heat, add olive oil and transfer patties to the pan with a spatula. Sauté until golden brown, turning very carefully only once.
12 fishcakes / 6 servings
Apricot and Currant Chutney:
1 cup (250 mL) diced sun-dried apricot
2⁄3 cup (150 mL) chopped sweet onion or shallots
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup (250 mL) white wine
1⁄2 cup (125 mL) water
1 tbsp (15 mL) honey
1⁄2 cup (125 mL) white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
1⁄4 cup (60 mL) dried currants
2 tbsp (30 mL) sliced almonds
Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan and place over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer on medium heat for about 12 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Let cool.
Makes about 2 cups (500 mL), 10 servings of 3 tbsp (45 mL) each.
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