Showing posts with label salmon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label salmon. Show all posts

Friday, June 14, 2013

Potato Topped Chunky Salmon Pies

These are very simple individual pies which can be cooked and ready to serve in no time flat ... great for a breakfast to impress a light lunch with a salad or an evening meal with vegetables ... I have even eaten this for afternoon tea ... because I can!

Potato Topped Chunky Salmon Pies


  • I made four pies with a simple short crust pastry by using about 3/4 cup of plain flour about 100 grams of cold chopped butter processed into a crumb mixture and bought together into a soft dough using an egg. Purchased pastry sheets will simplify this dish even further. 
  • I have non stick, pop out bottom flan cases. I ran a fork over the pastry base of the pies and blind baked the pastry until just golden to keep them crisp ... do this first or while you prepare the filling.
  • Meanwhile put on some potatoes to cook for the mash topping ... 3 medium sized potatoes did my four pies.

The filling couldn't be simpler and can be modified as with all recipes to suit your own tastes. I have used salmon here but I intend to use barramundi and oysters next time to try and reproduce my all time favourite pie ever tasted when crossing the Nullarbor.
  • Gently soft fry some finely diced onion with a large knob of butter. Try not to get too much colour on these.
  • To make the thickened white sauce add a couple of tablespoons of plain flour and fry the flour for a minute or so to cook it through.
  • Gradually add to this enough milk, a little at a time, whisking as you go to keep it smooth until you have quite a thick sauce ... by keeping this thick your pies will hold together nicely.
  • Stir through to coat about 200-300 grams of chunky diced salmon, a large handful of a tasty cheese like a crumbled feta or maybe a blue cheese along with a hand full of fresh herbs of your choice such as parsley, chives, dill or all of these. Season carefully as some cheeses are quite salty and white pepper to suit ... you don't want to over cook at this stage as the fish will get its final cook when browning and heating to serve.
  • Turn off the heat and cool this mixture down in the fridge for a few minutes before adding to the cooled pastry bases.



  • Compile the pies and top the mash with a little grated cheese. When you are ready to serve bake in a moderate oven until golden brown and heated through.



Thursday, March 15, 2012

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Salmon, Asparagus and Spinach

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Salmon, Asparagus and Spinach
Short cut for this recipe is to purchased the spinach & ricotta fresh Agnolotti from the cold section of your supermarket... looks hard and awful but if cooked for longer than they recommend it comes up wonderful. That said I have made my own pesto because it is so simple I can't bring myself to buy this...make the pesto prior to commencing the cooking process. 
  • To create your pesto place into your whiz machine fresh basil, pine nuts, finely grated Romano or Parmesan cheese and enough olive oil to create the desired consistency.
Three things at once should keep everyone busy making this dish but worth the small amount of juggling...  
  1. Boil your pasta until soft and wonderful...probably closer to 12 minutes than the recommended 6 and in the last 3 minutes pop in your asparagus spears. 
  2. Gently pan fry your fresh lightly seasoned salmon until just cooked as this will continue to cook in the hot pasta. Please take care not to over cook the delectable portion of melt in your mouth heaven...dry salmon is yuk!
  3. In another large fry pan soft fry lots of thinly sliced spring onions and a couple of cloves of crushed garlic. Then add 2 large spoons of pesto and 1/2 tub of thickened cream. Bring it all together by adding the cooked drained pasta (reserve a little water), asparagus, broken up cooked salmon and two large handful of fresh baby spinach. Cover and allow to wilt. Finally just before serving add some of the reserved pasta water if the sauce needs thinning. 


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Salmon Patties ... Simple, Simple, Simple...

Simple Salmon Patties
This recipe is so simple and delicious that I almost feel guilty sharing it with you. Everyone must have used this method at some stage in the lives. I originally stole it from a girl friend of mine who shall remain nameless but she will recognise it immediately and I never tire if eating these at least once a week...

  • The simple, simple simple, secret is the use of Deb mashed potato with onion straight from a packet adding as much or as little hot water as required to get the right consistency ... this product is used because of the light texture I can obtain with no effort. Half a packet makes 6-8.
  • To this I add finely chopped spring onions, herbs and the best quality salmon crumbled through, either tinned or cooked fresh... quality fish makes all the difference to the end product.
  • A half to 1 lightly beaten egg added now to make a nice firm mixture and roll the patties into fresh or good quality breadcrumbs. 
  • Pan fry these in a mixture of oil and butter until golden brown.... Serve hot or room temperature.