When I was a kid my mom would sometimes make salmon pie. We didn’t have it often but I always enjoyed it. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest we ate a lot of salmon and I still enjoy it grilled, poached, baked, fried, and smoked but I have not had it in a pie for years.The other week I was at Trader Joe’s and I noticed they had canned Alaskan Red Salmon on sale (also known as Sockeye Salmon). I bought a few cans and made a quick call to my mom to ask her to email me the recipe. Today I baked this for the first time myself. It tasted just as I remembered, especially when accompanied with HP Sauce.
Here is the recipe:
Salmon and Potato Pie
- 6 medium potato, peeled (Adjust depending on size)
- 1 small onion, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme (can substitute dill or marjoram depending on taste)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3-4 small cans of good quality salmon, preferably red, drained
- 1 cup milk (adjust as necessary) can also add some sour cream if desired. Do not use all sour cream.
- 2 (9 inch) pie pastry rounds
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place whole potatoes in a large pot of salted, boiling water.
- Cook about 15 minutes. Potatoes should be firm but tender.
- Drain, cool, and dice potatoes.
- Saute onions, garlic, and butter over medium heat until onions are transparent but not brown.
- Combine onion mixture, salmon, thyme to cooked potatoes.
- Mash together with milk (sour cream) so mixture looks like mash potatoes.
- Fill pie shell, mounding in the center.
- Cover with second pie pastry round.
- Cut slits in upper crust, pinch edges of crust together.
- Bake for 45 minutes on lower rack of oven.
Serve hot with and a side salad or favorite vegetable
Recipe is easily found online
To save time you can use ready made crust, but I prefer to make my own. I modified a fruit pie crust that I like for apple pies (removing the lemon zest).
- 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 6 tablespoons (about) ice water
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Combine first 3 ingredients in processor; blend 5 seconds. Add butter and blend, using on/off turns, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 5 tablespoons water and vinegar. Using on/off turns, blend until moist clumps form, adding more water if dough is dry. Gather dough into ball; divide in half. Shape each half into disk. Wrap in plastic and chill at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.