Salmon Surprise w/ Mashed Squash

Main Ingredients
jalapeño long grain rice marmalade salmon squash

I decided to do yet another recipe with the ingredients. I am intrigued by the jalapeno and its lack of heat. Look at the images below and you’ll see I was quite liberal with the item yet it was barely mild in flavor.  I made this dish and my taste tester thought it was very good. They especially enjoyed the salmon since it was made with something other than crackers. I started the squash cooking first then started doing the salmon. Playing back and forth between the two items until the patties were cooking, then I mashed the squash. Plating was the easy part. Whew!


Salmon Surprise w/ Mashed Squash


Mashed Squash
1 acorn squash
1 small apple
2 Tbl butter
1 Tbl honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Acorn squash is not the easiest item to peel so I chunked it up into small pieces and then boiled it. When it was just getting tender, I removed the chunks, carefully removed the outer skin and put the almost finished pieces of squash back into the hot water along with the chopped up peeled apple.  When the squash was completely tender, I drained the water from the pot, added the butter, honey and cinnamon and mashed the apples and squash. 

Salmon Patties (serves 4)
1 can salmon, drained
1 cup cooked rice  (if making it, use 1/4 cup long cooking rice w/ 1/2 cup of water)
1/2 cup crushed crackers
2 small mushrooms (I used button, but small porcininis would work - you can use more if you like more mushrooms
1 egg
Orange marmalade - as needed
1 jalapeno, finely diced, with seeds, ribs removed -- or not, you decide the heat
2 Tbl olive oil.

Place all but the last 3 items into a bowl and mix well.  Then form into a square and section it into 8 segments (see image) so you can make 8 thin patties (make sure they are well compacted).  On 4 of the patties spread out the orange marmalade (don't be stingy!) and then add the diced up jalapeno on top of the sticky marmalade (see image).  Now for the tricky part. Take a plain patty and place it on top of this patty and press them into one patty. This hides the jelly and pepper -- for the most part.  Heat olive oil in skillet and place patties in.  Fry until done, about 2-3 mins on a side.  These are large patties and very fragile; be careful when flipping. Serve.


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