Thursday, February 3, 2011

Recipe what needs sharing.

As a small group of our readers know, Chris is an excellent cook. The man comes up with some fabulous recipes based on what he finds in the kitchen. As a baker, this absolutely amazes me - I can't make my brain think like that. When he comes up with something good, I absolutely demand specifics so I can share them with the world. This is one of those concoctions he came up with on a whim, and you need to make it.

I give you: Salmon Tacos

Do this first!
Yum Yum Sauce

Adjust for quantity - makes 2 cups
1 or 1 ½ cup mayo
1 tablespoon butter/margarine
1 tsp paprika
1 tblsp Sriracha sauce
¼-½ tsp onion powder
¼-1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp tomato paste

Put mayo in a bowl.  Melt the butter in a second small bowl in the microwave.  When melted completely, add other ingredients.  Slowly add the butter mixture to the mayo, stirring to incorporate.

Options: You can use cayenne pepper or regular hot sauce if you don’t have Sriracha.  If you do, add a little extra garlic (you can add more onion powder, too, but make sure there's more garlic than onion).  Adjust other ingredients to taste – if you like it creamier add more butter, if you prefer things more savory add more spices. You can leave out tomato paste. If you do, add more paprika to give it a deeper orange color. Sauce will have a stronger flavor the older it gets, so be careful.  This recipe is incredibly flexible, but the more you change it the less authentic the end result will be.

Fresh Relish

2 cucumbers
Bunch Radish
Cup Cabbage
1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
2 tblsp Italian seasoning (oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, savory sage, rosemary)
1 tsp sugar
Optional: carrot

Dice cucumbers and radish, chop cabbage. For a different look cut cucumbers and cabbage in long strips. Add other ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can add some slivers of carrot to give it a little sweetness. Will be sour and relish and will get stronger flavor as it melds. Make this about an hour ahead of time, but will work if you make it and use it right away. You can adjust sweetness by adding more sugar.

Salmon Burgers/ Fresh Salmon

If using burgers (which I recommend), Costco sells these, and THEY ARE FABULOUS.  Bake these according to the package - you want them moist but cooked, so don’t let them overcook - and give them a rough chop.
If using fresh salmon filets, bake until white fat just visible on top and break into smaller chunks.

For your base construction, use any sort of flat dough - taco shells will do, as will pitas and sandwich wraps.  Build your taco.  Stuff your face.

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