Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hawaiian Salmon Sliders with Bren's Tamarind Chutney

I won't go so far as to call myself a loser, but to be honest, it's not often that I'm a winner in games of chance. Take for example, a girls outing in Vegas several months ago. About 17 of my girlfriends and I embarked on a much needed girls' weekend in our nation's Sin City. Somehow, each and every one of these 17 gals seemed to have the magic touch at the casinos. And by magic touch, I mean that they managed to win anything from $5-$5,000. Me? Well, not so much. I even went so far as to park myself next to one of these lucky ladies and mimic their every move/bet/wager to no avail.

Thankfully, my luck in the blogging world is a vast improvement on luck in the "real" world. Bren from Bren's Flanboyant Eats is a food & travel writer extraordinaire. She's so talented that she often gets whisked away to exotic places like Trinidad & Tobago just to eat, travel & enjoy herself. She's also so generous that she holds giveaways so average folks like myself can have a taste of the tropics. I was a lucky recipient of Matouk's tamarind chutney straight from the islands. Thanks, Bren!

I wasn't quite sure what I'd make with this chutney, but one day I was inspired to make salmon sliders when I was hungry and all I could find was some canned salmon in the pantry. Speaking of hungry, hubby has decided to call the oh-so-scary moments when my blood sugar drops and I get cranky, my HANGRY episodes (hungry-angry). Do any of you ever get HANGRY?

Bren, thanks for making me feel like a winner! The chutney was absolutely fabulous with these sliders.

Salmon Sliders
made by me in a fit of hunger
2 cans salmon, drained
1 teaspoon dried dill
2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 c low fat mayo
1 egg & 1 egg white, beaten
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
1/8 cup Heinz Chili Sauce
handful of chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped roasted red pepper

olive oil
Mini Hawaiian Rolls
cucumber slices

In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. With wet hands, roll salmon mixture into small balls large enough to fit on the mini rolls. If mixture is too wet, add more panko crumbs to give the patties structure. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.

Heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Pan fry salmon sliders until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes on each side. Serve on Hawaiian rolls and top with cucumbers and chutney of your choice.


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Hooray for luck! :0)

Leslie said...

"hangry" LOL..thats too funny!

Prudy said...

Hangry, oh yes and thank you for giving a name to my 5:30 feeling. Those look just delicious.

TS of eatingclub vancouver said...

I'm going to start using HANGRY in my everyday conversations. It's too good.

As I was reading this, I asked JS -- without any explanations:

ts: "Do you ever get HANGRY?"
[slight pause]
peals of laughter from both of us
js: Yes, all the time.


That Girl said...

I LOVE Hangry! I'm going to use it all the time. And I'm also going to steal it for Hotgry - when I get overheated and cranky!

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

This looks super good. You make me laugh about your Vegas story.

Esi said...

I totally get hangry! I know what you mean about Vegas, hence why I don't gamble!

Anonymous said...

What a great use of the chutney, how fun to win something like that!

Emily said...


Those sliders look great.

I like the Hangry! I get hangry every day.

MrOrph said...

Hangray! Um...YES!

Those look really, really good. Tamarind chutney huh? What was the taste like?

grace said...

hangry? i love it. it's nice to have a name for a feeling i experience so often. :)
oh, and you're a winner in my book. :)

Katie said...

Those look so good! Could you please move down by me?? ;)

RecipeGirl said...

Yummy sliders. Those would be a fun thing to make for watching Charger's games on Sundays.

Have you ever had the frozen salmon burgers at Costco? I love those.

kat said...

we so get the hangry thing around this house too!

Larissa said...

Those sound great...perfect with a nice cold beer.

Aggie said...

Love these little sliders! They look delish! I just posted about salmon too...I'll have to try these out!

Aggie said...

Oh and yes, hangry I get...can't wait to tell my husband that it's actually called something! lol

Katrina said...

I really thought I didn't like salmon, but have had it a few times recently and really liked it, these sliders look de-lish.
Wow, two wins, congrats on the chutney win AND the win over at Picky Palate! LUCKY!

Maria said...

Love it! Hangry!!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Love the salmon burguers or sliders as you call them. I love salmon any sahpe actually! Congratulations for your win and thanks so much for the new word, we all get hangry sometimes, ahahah!

Anonymous said...

This look so tasty! Would love to try the tamarind chutney!

Snooky doodle said...

don t worry too much they say if you re not lucky in play you re lucky in love :) this bun looks amazing but how can you it its so high :) well i m sure i ll find a way

Sophie said...

Congrats on the win :). I'm so used to eating salmon plain, but this looks so much more appetizing and exciting :).

Sharon said...

veggiegirl - thanks!

leslie & prudy - seriously, I don't think another word could better describe my hunger emotions!

ts - I love the instant understanding of "hangry"!

thatgirl - being hot is another time I'm cranky. I like your new word!!

helene - I wasn't laughing then! :)

esi - good call. Money is scarce these days, why throw it away?!

noble pig - It was a great flavor combo!

emiline - I get hangry per hour.

mrorph - I'm not too familiar with what tamarind typically tastes like so I thought it'd be sweeter. It has the consistency of apple butter but more of a savory taste.

grace - you always make me feel better ;)

katie - i'll cook for you anytime!

recipegirl - I need to get myself a Costco membership...so many good things there!

kat - glad I'm not alone

larissa - why didn't I think of that before?

aggie - putting a name to the craziness makes it seem less severe :)

katrina - thanks for letting me know! I hadn't seen her post until you told me.

maria - thanks!

clumbsy cookie - I'm with you. I love all salmon.

candy - I wonder if they sell it at any ethnic grocery stores. If I see it, I'll let you know!

snooky doodle - it was a little tough to eat such a tall sammy. Big bites!

Sophie - thanks! It's an easy way to use up leftover salmon as well.

Anonymous said...

0kay let's talk about hangry!! I call it chemical imbalance. The last you want to do is be around me when I'm hungry and my sugar level has dropped. I will literally come close to crucifying the culprit for not feeding me. My dad and a few other gu friends have suffered from my "hangry" wrath!

So glad you enjoyed the chutney and i agree with everyone else: the burgers look great. nice place setting too. look out for ur 2nd win!! You're on a roll here! :)

Cakespy said...

Oh good lord these look tasty enough to settle the "HANGRIEST" moments!

krysta said...

i get hangry all the time i'm so happy to know there is a word for it!

test it comm said...

Those look good! The tamarind chutney sounds really good. I am going to have to look for some.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Firstly, congrats for winning the chutney. ;)

Secondly, oh yes, i get HANGRY too. Followed by headache. Hubby didnt think it was serious but has since learn to take me seriously when i said im hungry. lol.