The Meatless Nine
The 9 days before Tisha B’av are among us, and we Jews have a custom of not eating meat during this time period. Well, luckily for me, this what I do all year long, so I have a few recipes up my sleeve to help you out – including this “Wild Salmon Sweet Potato Slider, with Garlic Chive Mayo” recipe!
I, like most Ashkenazi Jews are somewhat lactose-intolerant, so LOTS of dairy scares me a bit. Granted, for clean-eating health reasons, I sometimes “try” and stay away from as much dairy as possible. And to be honest, who wants NINE days of heavy cheese dishes anyway? Okay, maybe most of you are raising your hand saying, “seriously, Rachel, why wouldn’t anyone not want to eat a boat-load of cheesy deliciousness??” But, in the case that you may want a tiny break from that, try this recipe!
I got the inspiration for these salmon burgers from the Whole30 cookbook (Whole30 is a clean-eating program that I did a few years ago). It called for canned wild salmon and using the sweet potatoes helps bind it and keep them from drying out – and makes this recipe egg-free! This is my little spin on it, but feel free to use canned tuna if that’s what you have on hand.
Let’s Get Cookin’!
When I first made these, I used 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes that I roasted at 400F for about 30 minutes and waited until cool enough to handle. Usually, I would use the organic pureed canned sweet potatoes (if they’re on sale at Whole Foods), but apparently I had run out (also, it makes this recipe a gazillion times easier and faster). I love time savers, so I definitely recommend getting the canned – it’s just as good!
If you’re into making larger burgers, you’ll get about 9 burgers out of this recipe. And if you’re going for sliders, this will make about 12.
To Top It Off…
FYI – the gluten-free bun recipe (though I topped mine with everything seasoning) is from Danielle Walker’s cookbook and blog, “Against All Grain” and they’re awesome! Get her recipe here.
But wait, there’s MORE! There are plenty of recipes for gluten-free buns out there, but you can also use my recent recipe for low-carb rolls (made into burger buns), or just use some bib lettuce instead!
The mayo is also one of my favorites – I love making a basic mayo and then kicking it up with bright bursts of flavor, like lemon, garlic and chives. Plus, the mayo turns out bright green, so that’s fun, haha!
Check out more Whole30 recipes here.
I hope you try these sliders – whether it’s for the 9 days, or for anytime of year, it’s a great alternative to meat burgers, so hope you enjoy!
- 1 Egg Preferably pasture-raised, since you're using raw eggs, but keep in mind for people who are sensitive to raw eggs
- 1/2 Garlic clove
- 2 tbsp. Lemon juice
- 1/4 cup Fresh chives, roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp. Light olive oil, or Avocado oil, plus 1/2 cup more
In a tall glass container, crack the egg; add the salt, garlic, chives, and 2 tbsp. of oil
With an immersion blender, blend ingredients until emulsified, about 20 seconds
Slowly drip in the oil for another 30 seconds or so, until the mayo gets thick and creamy
Alternatively, you can add everything except the 1/2 cup oil, in a blender, and with the motor running, slowly stream in the 1/2 cup of oil until emulsified, about 20-30 seconds
- 2 Medium sweet potatoes OR 1 15 oz. can of organic pureed sweet potatoes
- 1 15 oz. can Wild salmon
- 4 tbsp. Mustard You can use any kind - I like either Dijon or grainy mustard!
- 1 Garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup Almond flour (if using baked sweet potatoes) Add 1 cup of almond flour, if using canned sweet potatoes
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Dried dill
- 1/4 tsp Mrs. Dash seasoning blend
Pre-heat oven to 400F
If baking sweet potatoes, pierce with a fork and bake at 400F for 30 minutes until soft. Let cool before mixing the flesh with the rest of the ingredients
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl
Place sliders on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 400F for 25 minutes until golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside (this is how I like mine, if you don’t like yours too browned, lower the heat to 375. The ingredients are all cooked, so it doesn’t take too long, as this recipe is egg-free)
Serve the sliders on gluten-free hamburger buns, or butter lettuce leaves and top with the garlic chive mayo. Add other fixings too – sliced red onion, tomato, or sun-dried tomatoes, avocado and pickles!