Baked Salmon and Cream Cheese Croquettes

"This recipe uses the ingredients that I like in a bagel and lox, except a potato takes the place of the bagel."
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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Peel potatoes, then cut the larger ones in half and boil for 20 minutes.
  • Combine breadcrumbs with salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Cook for no more than 2 minutes, or long enough to brown them.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, sautee the onion until it turns a golden brown.
  • Mash potatoes by hand or run through a ricer.
  • Chop salmon into small pieces (about 1/4 inch chunks). Dice the capers.
  • Blend the potatoes with the cream cheese while the potatoes are still warm, then blend in the remaining ingredients. Roll mixture into 15 equal-sized balls; an ice cream scoop is a good way to do this.
  • Place egg in a small container with a tablespoon of water and whisk. Place breadcrumbs in another small container. Roll each ball in the egg, then in the breadcrumbs, and place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then turn over and bake for another 10 minutes.

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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