Thursday, January 15, 2009

Recipe of the Week: Salmon Burger and Sweet Potato Fries

I almost didn't make get a chance to make a new recipe this week. I have been busy working out and I just didn't really feel like cooking something that took any effort most nights. Since I decided to take the night off from exercising I had time to make something new. We decided on Salmon Burgers and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries.

Salmon Burger
1 lb skinless salmon fillet
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp reduced-fat mayo
1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp Asian sesame oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 tsp peanut oil (or any other oil that can be heated to high temp)
4 whole wheat buns
4 tomato slices
1 1/2 cups baby greens

1. Remove and discard any bones from the salmon, then cut into 1-inch pieces. In a food processor, pulse salmon just until finely chopped (do not over process). Transfer salmon to a medium bowl. Add mustard, mayo, chives, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Form mixture into four 3 1/2-inch patties.
2. Brush peanut oil over bottom of a large nonstick skillet to coat evenly. Place skillet over medium-high heat. Cook 2-3 minutes, reducing heat if necessary. With spatula, gently turn burgers over and cook just until opaque in the center, about 3 minutes.
3. Transfer salmon burgers to buns, and top with tomato slices and greens.

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp paprika
Pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt

1. Adjust oven racks to divide oven into thirds. Preheat oven to 450.
2. Cut potatoes into 1/2-inch-thick wedges and place in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Using your hands, toss to coat potatoes evenly.
3. Arrange potatoes in single layers in 2 nonstick jelly-roll pans. Bake 25 minutes, or until browned and tender; turn potatoes over halfway through cooking time and rotate pans. Serve immediately.

Tamara's Tips:
* I used sesame oil to coat the pan instead of peanut oil because I already had it out.
* I added more than a pinch of cayenne pepper although next time I will add even more because it still wasn't spicy.
*Overall it was a pretty good meal. I don't think I'll make the salmon regularly just because I prefer my salmon broiled, however, I will make the sweet potato fries often.

1 comment:

Thee Daht said...

I"m telling Carla to come here, and she's GOT to make this!!! My mouth watered just READING!!! MC's a lucky dude!!! Be good MRS!