18 May 2012

Cat Cora's Game Changing Salmon Burgers with Herbed Sherry Mayonnaise

Salmon Burgers with Herbed Sherry Mayonnaise
Cat Cora was raised in a small Greek community in Jackson, Mississippi, by a family who held strongly to their Greek and Southern heritage. Both her grandfather, father, and godfather were restaurateurs and, by the time she was fifteen, she had already presented a business plan to them for her very own restaurant. In 2005, she made television history by becoming the first and only female Iron Chef on Food Network's Iron Chef America. 
The mother of four boys with her wife she has authored three top-selling cookbooks, opened three restaurants in partnerships with Macy’s, Walt Disney World Boardwalk Resort, and her newest venture, Cat Cora’s Kitchen. She has launched her own collection of wines, cookware with Starfrit, Canada’s leading purveyor of eco-friendly cookware and kitchen gadgets, and introduced her Cat Cora’s Kitchen line of olive oils, vinegar, cooking sauces, and tapenades by Gaea, the leader in Greek specialty food products. In 2004, Cora, an avid philanthropist and UNICEF spokesperson, founded Chefs For Humanity in response to the tsunami disaster in Indonesia. This not-for-profit organization has partnered with Share Our Strength as well as the World Food Programme to provide nutrition education and hunger relief worldwide.

This innovative chef has earned her place on "the list' of Gourmet Lives 50 Women Game Changers for her role. Our group began this journey of chronicling recipes from the Gourmet Live's list of 50 Women Game Changers back in June. The end is drawing near as we have reached #48 on the list!! Whether you agree or disagree with the authors chosen fifty on the list of 50 Women Game Changers and their order it has been an enjoyable and creative outlet to cook from the masters and those we admire with a group of dedicated ladies. There have even been a few successful bloggers on "the list". We have checked out books from the library, borrowed cookbooks from friends, surfed the Internet and browsed our own cookbook collections seeking that one recipe that will highlight that weeks outstanding woman. This group is spearheaded by my favourite well-travelled blogger Mary of One Perfect Bite who invited bloggers to travel along on this culinary journey throughout the year.

What have we been up to with our 48th Game Changer in Food.....

Mary of One Perfect Bite - Spinach Paella
Val of More Than Burnt Toast - Salmon Burgers with Herbed Sherry Mayonnaise
 Susan of The Spice Garden  - Pan Seared Poppy Seed-Crusted Scallop Salad with Romesco Sauce
 Heather of Girlichef - 
Strawberry Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese and Hazelnuts.
Miranda of Mangoes and Chutney - Avgolemono: Chicken Soup with Egg-Lemon Sauce
Jeanette at Jeanette's Healthy Living - Greek Potato Salad
 Kathleen Van Bruinisse at Bake Away with Me - Pastitsio Kima
 Linda of There and Back Again - Pizza Sauce and Pizza Dough
 Barbara of Moveable Feasts - Olive Oil Cake
 Nancy of Picadillo - Chili Lime Flnk Steak Tacos
Mireya - My Healthy Eating Habits - Avocado Tzadziki
Veronica of My Catholic Kitchen - Tomato and Mozzarella Skewers
Annie  at Most Lovely Things
Claudia of Journey of an Italian Cook - Chocolate Budino
Alyce of More Time at The Table - 
Straight-up Grapefruit Margaritas 

Jill at Saucy Cooks - Chocolate Budino
Sarah at Everything in the Kitchen Sink

Osteoporosis struck both her grandmother and mother. But Iron Chef Cat Cora is on a mission to let women know this brittle bone disease isn’t an inevitable part of aging.

Of these burgers Cat Cora says, "Simpler and faster than crab cakes, these burgers are a weeknight regular at my house. You can serve them on buns or plate them with a ramekin of 

 Sherry Mayo and a mound of crisp, crunchy greens. The mayonnaise has been a must-have with fish on my family's table since the 1950's"

**Salmon Burgers with Herbed Sherry Mayonnaise**

For the herbed sherry mayo:

2 cups mayonnaise
3 tablespoons tarragon vinegar, white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
3 tablespoons dry sherry
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh herbs (equal parts chives, parsley, tarragon and basil, or whatever you have)

For the salmon burgers:

1 12-ounce salmon fillet
1 red onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1-1/2 cups plain dried bread crumbs
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1 scallion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour, for dusting
1/2 cup olive oil, plus more if needed
4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
4 lettuce leaves
4 tomato slices
4 thin slices of red onion

To prepare mayo:

1. Whisk together all ingredients in a large bowl. (Mayo will keep in your fridge for up to 1 week, tightly covered. Makes 2-1/2 cups.)

To prepare burgers:

1. Cut salmon fillet into 3-4 pieces and pulse in a food processor about 10 times, until coarsely ground. Don’t overmix; you don’t want fish to turn into paste. Add onion, bread crumbs, egg and Tabasco and pulse a few times to mix. Transfer to a large bowl.

2. Mix in scallion, basil, salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Shape mixture into 4 patties, sprinkling on a few drops of water if mixture is too dry to hold together. Pour flour onto a plate and add a few grinds of black pepper. Lightly coat salmon patties with flour on each side and set them on a plate.

3. Pour oil into a large, 1/4-inch-deep skillet and heat over medium-high heat until oil shimmers but is not yet smoking. Gently place salmon patties in hot oil and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Line a plate with paper towels. When burgers are done, transfer them to a paper-lined plate.

To assemble burgers:

1. Place each salmon patty on the bottom of a bun, spoon on mayo, and top with lettuce, tomato and onion. Cover with top half of roll and serve.

Tip: To make this an appetizer, shape salmon mixture into 15 small cakes, 1-1/2 inches across, and cook each for about 1-1/2 minutes on each side. Serve with a dab of mayo or spoon mayo into ramekins for dipping.

Serves: 4 as a main dish, or 6-8 as an appetizer

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  1. This looks so good and sounds delicious. I think the mayo would be good on a number of sandwiches.


  2. I don't know if its the burger or the sauce that has me drooling.
    I do adore a good sauce--this is killer.

  3. I like these posts Val. Craving a good Salmon burgers now. Have a great w-end with your family :)

  4. My mind is made up. I am trying these. SOON. I love salmon, but for some reason nobody else in the house does. Sigh. I'm gonna scale it down and make it for my lunch when everybody else it out!

  5. This mayo sounds amazing! I love salmon burgers. So tasty.



  6. AnonymousMay 18, 2012

    Salmon burgers are always a favorite in our house and these do look delish! The mayo seems like an awful lot to go with 4 burgers, but I am certain it would make a delectable chicken or tuna salad as well!


  7. Val,
    This sounds delicious. My father used to make salmon patties all the time when I was going up, and I miss them. I'll be trying this recipe soon!

    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits

  8. I really like this recipe, Val. The sauce, for starters, is divine. But I'm remembering the salmon loaf my mother used to make. I always loved it. These burgers sound wonderful. What a super photo too!

  9. Yum. I often buy a package of frozen salmon burgers and keep them for instant meals--one of the few prepared foods I buy. Now I want to make my own! Beautiful. Have a perfect Friday:)

  10. I am a big fan of Cat Cora. These salmon burgers look amazing - I've never tried making them, but I am bookmarking this to try.

  11. This recipe looks so good…I love salmon and would love to give this a try! The herbed sherry mayo sounds amazing.

  12. Yum Val what a great recipe. It would be wonderful for a Lent lunch you picked a great recipe as always.

  13. We love anything with sherry. I think I might be falling in love with the sherry mayonnaise. Yum, yum.

    And easier than crab cakes? Less expensive too, so count me in.

  14. Man, oh man! These look out of this world! When you;re trying to cut the beef, these burgers are looking like a great alternative!
    Great post, Val!

  15. I love salmon. I recently made salmon burgers, but this version looks really good. LOVE anything with tarragon. Cat Cora is one of my favorite FN chefs. She's so talented!

  16. I love the idea of serving this straight up without a bun. Mmm, that mayo sounds like a hit.

  17. This is one salmon burger I must try; looks wonderful; I am trying to pin it,but for some reason it won't do it; sure looks good.

  18. AnonymousMay 19, 2012

    The burger looks great -- I make something very similar -- but it's the sauce that really caught my eye. I have loads of fresh tarragon in my garden right now, so I'd add some in.

  19. AnonymousMay 19, 2012

    Funny - I was looking for a recipe for salmon burgers to make tomorrow. ow I a set (since this is far mroe simple than the other one I was lookig at which required flash pickled vegetables.:-) )

  20. My husband cannot get enough salmon and this is a new, exciting way to prepare it. Loving the mayo and figure we could exercise portion control!

  21. It's nice when celebrity chefs give back as much as they get.

  22. I've been looking for a recipe for salmon burgers and I happen to be growing all the mentioned herbs. Is the salmon raw when you make this?

  23. Val, these really sound delicious and I could really put that mayonnaise to good use. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  24. Salmon is one of my all time favorite fish! I love salmon burgers and this recipe of Cat Cora's sounds wonderful with the herbed mayo. Gotta try . . . must try! I know that I will LOVE! Great post Val!

  25. Salmon burgers just about always appeal to me and I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy them! This looks great!

  26. Wow, is Cat Cora a real human being or superhuman? :) Those salmon burgers look soo good for a summer's day. Really light.

  27. I've been looking for a good salmon burger recipe for the summer! This one sounds great. Love the herbs in the mayo!


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