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October 11, 2013

RECIPE: Dilled salmon and mushroom cakes

These cakes were inspired by the showy Russian dish called kulebiaka, a salmon fillet covered with a mushroom mixture, then wrapped in puff pastry.

But this version is streamlined and quick. It might not have as much wow factor, but the winning flavor combination is there in a dish good for any night of the week. I like to pair the cakes with a green vegetable and rice or orzo spiked with freshly grated lemon zest and chopped fresh dill.

Dilled Salmon and Mushroom Cakes

Makes 6 salmon cakes

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons mild olive or vegetable oil

1/2 cup finely chopped onion (about 2 1/2 ounces)

4 ounces white or cremini mushrooms, cleaned and stemmed, then cut into generous 1/4-inch cubes (about 1 3/4 cups)

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup dry white wine

1 pound skinless, boneless salmon fillet, cut into 1-to-2-inch chunks

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs

2 tablespoons whole or low-fat sour cream (do not use nonfat)

2 tablespoons chopped dill

Steps

Heat 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in a medium nonstick saute pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and stir to coat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring a few times, until the onion starts to soften.

Add the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Increase the heat to medium-high; cook, stirring every minute or so, until the mushrooms start to brown. Stir in the white wine and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until almost all of the wine has evaporated. Transfer the mushroom-onion mixture to a clean plate to cool for 15 minutes. Wipe out the pan, which you'll use to cook the salmon cakes.

Pulse the salmon in a food processor, being careful not to reduce it beyond pea-size chunks. Transfer to a mixing bowl along with the mushroom-onion mixture, 2 tablespoons of the panko bread crumbs, the sour cream and the dill. Lightly season with salt and/or pepper. Mix gently to incorporate, then form into 6 balls of equal size.

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