Frugaldribble….there is nothing Southern about tzatziki or removing carbs!!. So true, but let’s live on the edge a little. Oh, and did I mention it’s frugal, too😉?
Ok, let me explain. My mom reduces carbs because she is a diabetic. She wanted me to try a carb-free salmon patty recipe that she likes. So I did, and it’s super good. It’s not exactly the same as the traditional salmon patties I have made in the past with bread crumbs or crackers, but it’s a really good alternative for the carb watchers out there. They are actually good!
I love traditional tzatziki. Honestly, I am almost always out of one or two of the ingredients needed to make it. So I have a few substitutions that I think give a similar flavor with things you usually have on hand. We will get to that in a bit..on to the ingredients.
First, remove bones and mix canned salmon with eggs…yes, that’s two eggs… then sprinkle in 1/4 tsp of dry dill, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and paprika. I did add a few dried chives at the last minute if you noticed those little green specks in the picture below😉.
A couple things: You can add salt and pepper to taste. If you don’t like any of these other spices simply leave them out. Traditional salmon patties recipes have all kinds of different add-ins, so nothing is set in stone. The only thing that you can’t leave out is the eggs. I was afraid that two eggs would cause this to taste too ‘eggy’ but it really didn’t.
Next, drop by tablespoonfuls into a frying pan with olive oil. ..or any other fat…and flatten slightly. Cook on medium heat, only turning once, until both sides are golden brown.
Now for this delicious dipping sauce☺️. I won’t go into the specifics of traditionally tzatziki but it usually involves things I don’t always have. Fresh lemon and dill come to mind. I have found that you can make a similar sauce using Greek plain yogurt, sour cream, or cream cheese as a base. This time I chose cream cheese because I had a block of it that I got for free from Kroger digital coupon freebies.
I used 2 Tablespoons of cream cheese, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp of dry dill, 2TBSP of pickle juice, 1/4 tsp salt, 3 tsp of finely diced cucumber, and 3 tsp of milk. Whisk together well.
In the interest of realness…look at my whisk..it has no handle anymore, still works great☺️!
A couple things: If you are out of milk, use a little water instead. This is just to thin the mixture down into more of a sauce. If you are out of cucumber, a few finely diced onions or garlic are a nice addition. Diced pickles would be okay, but your sauce may have more of a tarter sauce flavor than tzatziki…Which, honestly, would work very well here😉.
Hey Frugaldribble….tzatziki is made with yogurt….I know, I know….but we are using what we have on hand and putting a Southern spin on it. It’s not going to be exactly the same but it is a really good dipping sauce that tastes great with salmon patties and other things such as fresh chopped veggies😉.
This meal was delicious! Did my husband like it? Nope, he hates salmon patties so it was a BLT night for him. One thing to consider, this doesn’t make a lot of salmon patties when you don’t add in the bread crumbs, crackers, etc. as you would in a a traditional salmon patty recipe. If you are feeding several, pick up two cans.
Canned Salmon $2.20
bell pepper $.25 (optional)
milk, spices, pickle juice-Eh, maybe $.15
Total-$3.35 for the kids and me
I hope if you like salmon or tzatziki you will give this a try. Also, consider salmon patties as a breakfast item. It’s what I ate this morning, yum.
What are your favorite substitutions and do you like salmon patties? Do you think it’s best to just stick with tradition on time honored recipes like these? There is no wrong answer here☺️.