Mashed potatoes, salmon patties and peas

Mashed potatoes, salmon patties and peas

This is one of my all-time favorite meals.  Mashed potatoes, salmon patties and peas.  I remember losing teeth to this meal.  My memaw made it for me at least twice a month growing up.  It reminds me of Halloween, Kentucky, the woods behind my memaw’s house and my family when we were joined at the hip.  This meal is perfect for fall-time dinners with the ones you love.

Mashed potatoes

4 russet potatoes
1 stick butter
salt
milk
an electric mixer with whisk attachment

Peel potatoes, rinse and cut into 1 inch sections.  Boil potatoes for 10 minutes or until you can easily cut them with a fork.  Strain potatoes and pour them into the mixer.  Add butter and salt.  Mix on low, then medium then high.  Slowly add milk until potatoes are fluffy.  Take it slow.  It’s easy to add more milk later, a lot harder to add more potato.  The ratio has to be juuuuust right.  It’s an intuitive thing.  You’ll just know.

Let the potatoes whisk around for a bit, remember to scrape the edges of the mixing bowl to make sure all the potatoes are being broken down and viola!  Mashed potatoes!

Salmon patties

1 can salmon
1 egg
1/2 pack Ritz crackers (This time I used rosemary flavored Triscuits.  It doesn’t really matter.)
Olive oil (any kind of cooking oil, doesn’t matter)

Drain and de-bone the salmon.  Add egg and crackers.  Put oil in a 10 inch skillet and set to low/medium heat.  Use your hands to combine the salmon mixture, form into 3 inch patties, place in pan.  Turn after about 5 minutes or until golden brown (like the one in the picture).  After heating on both sides, remove from heat and serve with your favorite catsup.  Yummy!

Peas

1 bag frozen peas
1/4 stick butter
salt/pepper

Defrost frozen peas by running cool water over them.   Place peas in a small pan over medium heat.  Add butter, salt and pepper to taste.  Once the peas are warm and drenched in butter, serve them with mashed potatoes and salmon patties.  So good!!

Great date food on the cheap too… and some date music.

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