The green beans were amazing!
I honestly thought most of them were going to go to waste so figured I’d better make a kid friendly main and planned to force them to at least try the beans, but I didn’t have to do that at all!
I made a huge serving and they were all gone! My 10 year old son was incredibly pleased that pancetta tasted “almost as good as bacon!”
I ‘get off’ on seeing the colours, textures and flavours of vegetables that have been blanched!
And don’t get me started on the colours and flavours of anything ‘bacony’ being fried up!
The smell was driving the neighbours crazy! (Especially their dog, I could hear him scraping at the fence trying to get over!)
On their own, the beans and the bacon were already looking great, but when they were brought together for one last saute, it was like watching the coming together of two gorgeous people and forming a… a Brangelina! (Too much?)
I was thinking of something fancy to accompany these beans and match their elegance, but let’s face it, with kids in the house (3 of them) I couldn’t face fighting them to eat the green beans and the main! I decided to practice self love and went with Salmon Fishcakes! (And surprisingly, they went really well with the beans!)
While the potatoes were cooking, I poached the salmon in milk with some lemon slices and a handful of peppercorns.
I then mashed the potatoes and mixed them with the flaked, poached salmon and shallots (I luv shallots!)
I took scoops of the mixture and formed patties the size of my palm.
These were then dipped in flour, eggs and fresh breadcrumbs before being placed in the fridge to chill for 20 mins.
Then cook for 20 minutes, turning the patties at half time at 200 degrees celsius!
(Adapted from MasterChef Australia)
5oog potatoes (I prefer dutch cream)
500g salmon fillets
2-3 cups milk (to cover fillets depends on size of frying pan)
4 lemon slices
handful of peppercorns
1/2 cup sliced shallots
1/2 cup of flour
3 eggs beaten together
150g fresh breadcrumbs (about 6 slices of bread, crusts removed, in a food processor)
1. The potatoes – peel, dice and boil until tender. Then drain the potatoes and mash until smooth. Set aside.
2. Salmon – place salmon in frying pan with lemon slices and peppercorns and cover with milk. Place over medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer. When the liquid bubbles, turn heat to low and poach for another 7 minutes.
3. Combine the mashed potatoes, salmon and shallots in a bowl then season with salt and pepper.
4. Take scoops of the mixture and shape balls the size of your palm into fishcake patties.
5. Place the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs into separate bowls and dip each fishcake first into the flour, then the eggs and finally coat in breadcrumbs.
6. Place the completed fishcakes on a tray or plate and chill in the fridge for 20 mins.
7. Lightly grease an oven tray and bake for 10 minutes on each side or until fishcakes are light and golden.
The Pancetta Green Beans came from Dorie Greenspan’s latest book, Around My French Table and were this week’s recipe from French Friday’s With Dorie, click to see a whole variety of takes on this recipe!
February 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm
Wow, this sounds really yummy and everything looks amazing! Thank you for sharing, I’m definitely going to try this recipe! =)
February 22, 2011 at 9:52 pm
And I really like your Greek Pork Chops!
February 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm
That didn’t come out quite right…
But you get what I’m trying to say!
February 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm
*LOL* Yeah, I know what you meant, don’t worry! 😀
February 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm
Dang, those fishcakes look good! Great choice for the beans, I’d say.
February 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm
Thank you! And they really did go soooo well together!
February 20, 2011 at 12:06 am
I’m laughing at the image of the neighbor dog scratching at the fence! What a delectable plate of beans!!! And your salmon cakes sound incredible, too…with Lent approaching, I’m going to try them soon.
February 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm
Never heard him so aggressive at the fence before! It was funny!
February 20, 2011 at 12:45 am
Those beans look great! Who doesn’t love bacon (or pancetta)? The fish cakes look great too. Nice combo.
February 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm
I know! Bacony stuff rocks!
February 20, 2011 at 1:03 am
Love the fishcakes! What a great pairing. I am getting hungry!
February 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm
February 20, 2011 at 3:30 am
Thank you so much for the idea and details on how to do the salmon cakes. Yours is the 2nd link that used salmon and I thought the first sounded fantastic as well. I am really so excited to try the salmon recipes now because I have 2 teens that love it. And they loved the beans too – just like your house did !
February 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm
You know you’re on a winner when the kids love it!
February 20, 2011 at 4:24 am
I agree, the green beans recipe this week was incredible!! 🙂 looks like a great side dish for those fish cakes, yum!
February 25, 2011 at 11:07 pm
February 20, 2011 at 11:39 am
Thanks for sharing the salmon cakes recipe! Your beans look beautiful and I’m glad that your kids loved them.
February 25, 2011 at 11:14 pm
Thank you! I was doubtful about how they’d go down with the kids! Pleasantly surprised by their reaction!
February 20, 2011 at 11:55 am
I’m glad your kids liked this one! Your salmon cakes look fantastic – and I don’t even like salmon!
February 25, 2011 at 11:20 pm
My daughter’s not keen on salmon either but who can resist anything smothered in potatoes and baked golden brown!
February 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm
Your green beans look so bright! Great color. And, I’m definitely making your salmon fishcakes. I like how you marinate them in milk for a bit.
February 25, 2011 at 11:21 pm
Yes! Poaching the salmon in milk with the lemon filled the house with an amazing smell!
February 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm
I absolutely loved the color and taste of these beans. Yours look fantastic and I bet were a perfect accompaniment to the salmon cakes. Mmm…I love a good salmon cake!
March 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm
Thank You! I sooo agree with you!
February 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm
Nice post and thanks for sharing the salmon recipe…it looks delish and especially good with these beans.
February 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm
Those fishcakes look really delicious
February 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm
And I love your polenta bread!
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February 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm
Thank You! I’m blown away by everyone’s support and encouragement!
February 22, 2011 at 2:51 am
looks amazing, im going to try the fish cakes. pancetta beans are one of the best things for a barbeque too, mmmm!
February 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm
Thank you! I really enjoyed your blog and I have to say I’m way older and still feel like I’m masquerading as an adult!!!
February 22, 2011 at 3:09 am
My grandmother made the best salmon cakes. Congrats on FP
February 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm
I bet they tasted amazing too!
February 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm
Thank You! And I’m still laughing about your latest post! Very funny!
February 22, 2011 at 3:29 am
OMG!! Sounds wonderful! May actually have to try it! Great post!!
February 22, 2011 at 3:43 am
Th beans look amazing- that would be a very nice accompaniment with almost anything! steak and chips and those beans with a nice bottel of red…. right, that’s my weekend sorted!
February 22, 2011 at 4:58 am
The green beans look great! Thanks for sharing.
February 22, 2011 at 5:10 am
omg looks delicious! im taking this recipe and trying it out as soon as i get all the ingredients. yum
February 22, 2011 at 5:14 am
I tried to make salmon cakes, similar to Nigella’s, but fried them. The oven would have been a much better (and healthier) way to cook them. Duely noted for next time! Kudos for FP 🙂
March 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm
Thank you and I have to admit this is the first time I baked them and will not go back to frying. I think they taste as good but without the extra fat!
February 22, 2011 at 5:37 am
I made what we call “salmon patties” yesterday. They are a favorite at my house!
February 22, 2011 at 6:41 am
That is great! Yummy! My husband would love this, I think I am going to give it a try.
February 22, 2011 at 9:06 am
That looks amazing. You’ve inspired me to give the salmon cake recipe a try.
February 22, 2011 at 9:08 am
I have never had pancetta beans. They look amazing.
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February 22, 2011 at 9:13 am
WOW this looks so great! I want to MAKE IT NOW! YUM!!!!!
February 22, 2011 at 10:09 am
i love salmon fish cakes. How clever to poach them in milk! Thanks for sharing
February 22, 2011 at 2:39 pm
Any fish dish is tasty and healthy IMO! I like the camera shots! Esp the one with salmon seemingly floating in your sauce! Can’t wait to try and kudos on being Pressed Freshly like “EVOO”!
February 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm
The salmon cakes look fabulous! and I don’t think Brangelina is too much…I totally agree.
February 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm
That look yummy. Can you also tell me how you made the beans and bacon to look so good?
February 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm
That looks yummy. Can you also tell me how you made the beans and bacon to look so good?
February 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm
February 22, 2011 at 8:01 pm
Those fishcakes…yum! I love salmon.
February 23, 2011 at 1:08 am
looks really great! 😛
February 23, 2011 at 2:06 am
Was that an everyday meal. It looks like a meal fit for a king. I am very fond of steamed haricot beans and I am glad that it is now possible to get them the whole year round. Yours kids are lucky to have such a lovely momma.
February 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm
Thank you so much! And we are lucky here in Australia, our warmer temps do make most vegetables available year round in decent condition!
February 23, 2011 at 7:56 am
I made this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely delicious! The salmon cakes were crispy on the outside and moist on the inside and the beans were amazing! I’m definitely making this again! ♥
February 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm
Wow! Can’t you believe you made them! That’s a huge compliment!
February 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm
I had to try the recipe…everything looked so yummy and I just love salmon! 🙂
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February 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm
February 25, 2011 at 10:12 am
Sanya I’m making this tonight – i wanted to let u know. 🙂
February 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm
Thank you! I really hope you like them!!!