Salmon Cakes With Garlic Sauce

"This is very much like my Salmon Cake Sliders, but with a few tweaks, and with a much lighter sauce. These cakes are very delicate because there's only a minimal amount of breadcrumbs, but they're also very tasty."
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  • Set aside ingredients for sauce to be mixed separately.
  • Mix together salmon, chopped dill, garlic powder, and kosher salt. NOTE: fresh salmon tastes much better, but canned salmon can also be used. Add pepper as desired.
  • Chop bell pepper finely. Beat together egg, yogurt, hot sauce and mustard and blend with ingredients in the bowl.
  • Combine all ingredients (except ailoi ingredients) and mix well. The mixture will appear loose, which is how it's supposed to be. Most recipes load up on bread crumbs as a binder, which makes the patties more firm, but also cheats you out of some of the beautiful salmon.
  • Set out sheets of wax paper that are larger than the salmon cakes. Season bread crumbs with a little bit of salt and pepper and place in a shallow bowl. Dust a bit of the wax paper with the bread crumb mixture, then place 1/12 of the salmon mixture on top. Form into patties (I used a ring mold).
  • NOTE: with a good teflon pan, you shouldn't need to use oil or cooking spray.
  • Heat a pan to medium temperature. Pick up the wax paper along with the salmon patty, then flip over onto the pan, discarding wax paper sheet. Cook for about 3 minutes, then flip over and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until lightly brown.
  • Mix sauce ingredients together thoroughly and top as desired.

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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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