T hey were on the menu and although I didn't order them I though they would be a great thing to try at home as a way to get some more fish and their precious DHA into my baby's diet.
Like most things I feed her they are an absolute hit one day and totally rejected the next but all in all they are a winner and I have even had other mums tell me so which is always a good sign.
I served them with a heaped spoon of natural yoghurt mixed with finely grated cucumber and a little squeeze of lemon - a bit like tzatziki. I think a bit of added sauce made it easier for my 7 month old to squish it up in her mouth.
This recipe is totally open to bastardisation which is my favourite way to cook and I highly encourage you to as well! Feel free to add any leftover veg (e.g. peas, carrots, broccoli, zucchini) or any other herbs you have lying around the house (e.g. mint, parsley, basil) into the mix as well! They are a great snack or meal for parents too!
Place the grated potato and onion into muslin/cheese/dish cloth and squeeze out as much liquid as you can. This is optional but will make them nice and crispy.
Pop the potato, onion and garlic into a pan with a glug of olive oil or small knob of butter and sauté on a medium heat until they're about three quarters cooked. (They'll finish cooking in the oven.)
Allow what's in the pan to cool down and then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well with spoon.
You don't need to worry about all the salmon bones. They are so soft they will just dissolve into the mixture but I do like to get my hands into the mix at this stage and just crush the bigger vertebrae bones between my fingers to avoid any risk of chocking or scratching their throats. You can of course remove them altogether but they are an excellent source of calcium.
Roll the mixture into balls to the size of a portion you think your baby/toddler might eat and then flatten on a baking tray.
Bake for 20 minutes at 180C or until golden brown.