Some food, some drink.
Something Edible on Video: A Salmon Party Ball for Retro Entertaining.
I've found some really neat ideas in the bevy of community cookbooks held up in cabinets, but lets be honest here; a lot of that mid to late-century fare is an uninspired mess of processed food. However the recipe I found for a "salmon party ball" in an employee cookbook from a now-defunct medical supply factory really had some potential. This is essentially one of those meat and cheese balls covered in nuts of which a schmear of will really upgrade a cracker (and pairs great with a strong ale like IPA). If you really want this appetizer to go over, don't skimp on the quality of the salmon. I've been spoiled since I was a kid as wild caught home-canned red or "Sockeye" salmon has always been available. However for this video, my pantry was bare, and all I could procure at the supermarket was canned pink salmon. It's nothing a healthy squirt of Sriracha couldn't fix, but if you have the means, then I highly recommend the Sockeye upgrade.
Recipe: Jump to the detailed recipe. (or, keep reading for the gist of it) -
Drain and flake salmon. Stir in onion, horseradish, liquid smoke, salt and lemon. Stir in cream cheese until integrated. Shape into a ball or log and wrap in parchment or plastic wrap to refrigerate for a couple of hours (to firm everything up). Roll in pecans and drizzle with Sriracha before serving with crackers and/or fresh veggies.
Curious about what working-class Joes were eating in 1981? then be sure to check out my original post and download the entire cookbook from which I horked this recipe!blog comments powered by Disqus