May 13, 2008

Salmon Loaf... Unbelieveably Good and Perfect for leftover salmon!

Last weekend we grilled salmon fillets for dinner. I don't marinate our salmon ahead of time as our family likes it seasoned with olive oil and a heavy dose of lemon pepper seasoning and then I mix up some seasoned butter (using whatever I feel like at the time. Sometimes it's more lemon pepper with some garlic, other times I use a heavy dose of dill and the last two times it was marjoram and garlic... all are amazing.) 

After mixing, roll up tightly in a piece of plastic wrap, form a roll and refrigerate until it's time to serve. At that point, slice the butter in to 'coins' and place on the hot salmon to melt and serve the extras with dinner so everyone can add a couple more after their salmon is cut. Delicious! And now... on to what I did with the leftovers.

Salmon Loaf

1/4 c fresh chopped/minced onion
1 t dried dillweed
1 T butter
1 slightly beaten egg
1/4 - 1/3 c milk or cream
1 c soft bread crumbs
Leftover salmon to equal about 1 1/2 - 2 cups or about 15 oz. canned 

(Using a can of salmon the flavor won't be as good as using leftover grilled salmon but is still good.)

In a microwaveable bowl place the onion, dill and pepper with the pat of butter. Microwave about 2-3 minutes until the onion is tender. Combine the egg, bread crumbs, milk and onion mixture. Add the salmon, breaking it apart as you add it. Mix with your hands for best blending.

Shape into a loaf and place in a bread loaf pan that has been greased or sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Broil for a few minutes to crisp up the top if you prefer a slight crust on your salmon loaf.

Option:  Top with a white sauce to which you've added a peas and/or some cheese.  

Simple White Sauce

2 T butter
1 T flour
1/2 t salt
1/8 t white pepper
1/8 t paprika
3/4 c milk
1 T lemon juice
1/2 c frozen peas - thawed

Microwave the butter until melted; add the flour and seasonings, then the milk and lemon juice. Microwave 4-5 minutes, stirring after each minute. Add 1/2 cup peas. Stir and serve over salmon.

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