March 16, 2007

Salmon Sausage & Baby Vidalia Onions

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I don't like salmon, it is so stinky and the fishy smell persists in the house for days. I have grilled it, poached it and made it into sausages before, nothing seems to reduce the fishy taste and the smell, oh the smell! But I have to serve it once in a while for the good stuff it contains. Today I made it into a humongous sausage then sliced and fried the slices like fish patties. With a variety of spices the fish has improved in taste but the smell is here to stay, sigh. I guess I just have to burn a lot of scented candles every time I cook salmon. Serve with store bought or home made tartar sauce either with steamed rice or in a burger bun.

Salmon Sausage
2 pounds salmon fillet, cut into 1-inch pieces
½ tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ tablespoon annatto powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup half and half
  • In a food processor, process salmon until mushy, add all the ingredients except half and half, process for 1 minute until thoroughly mixed. While food processor is running, gradually add half and half. Transfer to a glass container, cover tightly with plastic wrap, put in the freezer until icy. Shape into a large sausage, wrap tightly, return to freezer. Freeze until firm, cut into ½-inch slices. Fry in a non-stick skillet until golden brown and firm to the touch. This salmon sausage has a hot dog consistency when cooked.

Baby Vidalia Onions
I got these beauties yesterday, they are only available for a very short period during late winter. They are so sweet, from the bulb to the green shoots.

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon butter
1½ teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Pre-heat oven to 500°F. Wash the onions well under running water. Cut green leaves 5 inches from bulb, slice in half crosswise. Mix with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, roast for 15 minutes. In a saute pan, melt the butter, add vinegar and sugar, cook for 2 minutes until it has thickened a little. Drizzle over roasted onions.


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