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Kid Friendly Salmon Cups

Salmon Cups

Quick and easy, these salmon cups can be made from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen and pantry. I was lucky enough to find cans of Wildcaught Alaskan salmon for a steal at the local grocery store, so stocked up. If I put anything in wonton cups the kids will eat it, so I wondered if I could make salmon appealing. My kids are not picky, but they are suspicious of odd looking things, and canned salmon is definitely odd looking of you have never seen it before. The fish still has some skin left on it, and the bones are included. They are very soft and so good for you, but a 6 yr old may not agree. In my experience, once they like something, the kids are more willing to overlook the oddity and embrace the taste. So, expect to take a few moments to clean up your fish for presentation. (This isn’t grape-peeling levels of prep; more like cutting the crust off bread level.)

The crispy wonton wrappers make the perfect container for picking up (when they are cooled) and add just the right crunch.  In case you are wondering, these taste great the next day as well. Enjoy!

Salmon Cups

Fills 18 muffin cups

Ingredients: 

1 package wonton skins

2 cans salmon-drained but save the juice

6 eggs

1/4 cup milk or juice from salmon

2 tsp Old Bay seasoning

1 small minced onion

1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

2 Tbsp butter, melted

juice of 1 lemon

Instructions: 

Drain salmon and save the juice.

In a large bowl, Place the salmon and flake with two forks. My kids won’t eat the bones (soft and great source of calcium) so I spend a couple of minutes removing them and any large pieces of skin. This makes the dish much more kid friendly.

Add lightly beaten eggs, milk (I used buttermilk and some juice to get the right consistency), Old Bay, salt, pepper to the salmon.

Mix well. The consistency should be very loose. Add more liquid until it’s just right.

Line muffin tins with wonton wrappers, using two in each cup.

Using 1/4 measuring cup, carefully fill each wonton cup with the salmon mixture.

Bake 350 degrees for 25 minutes. The cups will be lightly browned. Don’t overbake.

Remove to platter

Combine butter and lemon juice and divide it evenly over each of the cups. I use a pastry brush.

Serve hot or at room temperature.

These are so delicious and the few minutes it takes making them kid approved is so worth the effort.

Ingredients for salmon cups

Pantry Gardening

Photo: TheBittenWord.com

By now, the foods that were put up last year have begun to run out. In our house, we are down to the last few bags of tomato sauce, having used all the cases of tomatoes and sauce in the pantry. We do have hot sauce left, but that is only because it is so much more convenient to open a jar, rather than thaw a bag. It is probably time to say goodbye to the foods that we didn’t like. The apricots were a huge hit when dried, but the canned ones were never eaten. I will be blending them with a stick blender, and making apricot bread. No more canned appricots!

Because it is time to think about this year’s garden, taking stock of what you used and what you had too much of, should be written down somewhere. Make a note to grow more/less, and stick to it! Our eyes are always bigger than our pantry, and that can end up being wasteful. Overwhelmed at what to plant? I recommend starting with three major things your family will use.

For us, that means tomatoes, sweet peppers, and greens. All three things are used almost daily. They are canned, dried, and frozen-keeping them in our diet year round.
What three things will you start with?