It’s 5:30 pm on Friday, the weekend is young! You’ve had a long week and can’t wait to have a good time with friends, or retreat and have some alone time with your significant other (Or by yourself). Whatever option you choose, find some inner joy and get some rest because Monday is around the corner, make the weekend count. Tuck your phone away, share some laughs, drinks and a good meal with friends.
This Friday evening was a chill one with some happy hour favorites right at home. My husband, God bless his heart ferments everything!!! Thanks to him, there is always a delicious home-brew chilling in the fridge, some homemade yogurt and now some very fizzy yummy kombucha to savor. Happy hour at home featured an English Style Bitter (ESB) and some salmon sliders bursting with flavors from home. Still trying to master some beer / food pairings but I think they complemented one another wonderfully.
Picked up some salmon fillets, fresh pretzel buns and other condiments from our local market on my way back from work and couldn’t wait to get home and officially start the weekend. So let the music play, pour me a drink and let’s cook together. It’s happy hour at home
Salmon was seasoned with Essiespice Meko Dry rub ( West African Spice Blend) which definitely enhanced the beautiful flavors of this fish. West-African cuisine is gaining more exposure and this fills my heart with joy. I remember going to half-price bookstore a few years back to explore some cookbooks. It was disheartening to realize there was not ONE book on the shelve focused on West -African Cuisine! Now I see books popping up on amazon, and e-books from amazing food bloggers :-).
Back to cooking. This recipe is super easy to replicate. Oh and our happy hour at home amounted to less than $10! for two……… Salmon was pan-seared with harissa infused olive oil. Then roughly shredded before building the sliders.
Valentine’s day weekend is around the corner and my three course valentine’s day dinner will feature this recipe in appetizer portions. Happy Valentine’s Day weekend, stay blessed!
Happy hour African Salmon sliders w/ spicy mayo spread
- 2 salmon fillets ( 10 oz )
- 6 mini pretzel buns
- 1 Tablespoon Meko Dry Rub
- 1 small bunch lettuce
- 2 small beef steak tomatoes ( Slice burger style)
- 1 Tablespoon harissa infused olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 ½ Tablespoon Veganaise mayo
- 1 Tablespoon tarter sauce
- 1 teaspoon stone ground mustard
- ½ teaspoon roasted garlic powder.
- Preheat oven to 350
- Rinse salmon with cold water, pad dry with paper towel, combine salt and meko rub, and completely coat salmon with rub mixture.
- Heat oil in a skillet, then start by searing skinless part of salmon until golden brown and cooked about half inch through thickness. Flip and sear side with skin until crispy. When salmon is cooked, break salmon into small pieces
- To make spread combine veganaise, tarter sauce, mustard and roasted garlic in a small bowl and mix well.
- Slice mini buns and toast in the oven for about 3-5 minutes.To build sliders, layer spread on one side of the bun and salmon on the opposite site. Top salmon with tomato, lettuce and close sliders and serve.