What a treat!
If you’ve never heard of salmon candy before, I’m not really surprised. It’s not something you see every day. You won’t find it in the grocery store, or even in most specialty food stores. It started out as a way for Native North Americans in the Pacific Northwest to preserve their salmon, but now it’s just a super tasty and very addictive snack! Salmon candy is made from the belly of Pacific salmon. The salmon is broken into chunks and then placed in a salt brine with sweet ingredients like honey, molasses and brown sugar for several hours. After brining, it is hot-smoked slowly until fully cooked. Salmon jerky is smoked and dried so much that it is chewy and “tuggable”, but salmon candy is soft, sweet, smoky and just plain delicious.
I had the pleasure of working with some salmon candy this week from my friends at Anderson Seafoods and found so many different ways to use it. It works in pasta, in scrambled eggs, in a green salad, as an hors d’oeuvre, with hot potato salad, with lentils and green beans… the list is endless. I loved using it in so many different ways, but I have to admit… my favorite way to eat it was just on a toothpick! Leave it out on a platter of nibbles, and I bet it’s the first to go!
Lucky for you, you’ll be able to get your hands on some of this high-end salmon delicacy through QVC on Wednesday, March 12th at 4pm ET. Don’t miss your chance!
(click on the links above for recipes!)