In honor of Katie enjoying her vacation in the Mediterranean (SO JEALOUS), we decided that we were going to have seafood night for the next two weeks. This week, both Kim and I independently chose dishes that required panko. How random was that? Panko is a type of Japanese breadcrumb that makes for a light and tasty breading, giving a crispiness when baked. We also had Bob’s sister, Kate, join us because she is a seafood lover as well.
Appetizer: Panko-Crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli OMG! These are such good mini crab cakes! Really, you’re only supposed to eat 3 of them but since there were only four of us, we couldn’t let them go to waste. I would be okay just eating them for dinner.
Dinner: Crisp Salmon with Lemony Spinach and Potatoes If you want a dish in which you can impress your guests with your plating skills, then this is a dish for you. Not only was it an excellent dish, it was fun to stack. When you first taste the potatoes and spinach, you will be shocked by the lemony flavor, but surprisingly, it complements the salmon very well.
Dessert: Brown Sugar-Walnut Divinity These were a very light and tasty dessert that lives up to its “melt in your mouth” statement. The only suggestions are to make it a day ahead so it would have more time to set and to use a pastry bag so it would set up better.