1 pound salmon fillet, poached or leftover salmon
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup flour
1 cup milk
to taste salt and ground white pepper
2 egg yolks
for the breading:
3/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
oil for deep frying
for lemon -chive sauce:
6 ounces unsalted butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons chopped chives
to taste, salt and pepper
for garnish: parsley sprigs
Use freshly poached salmon fillet or leftovers.
To prepare the sauce:
Melt the butter in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat. Add the flour and whisk for about 3 minutes. Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil, while whisking constantly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix the egg yolks with a little of the hot sauce and return to the pan. Heat the sauce for two more minutes.
Flake the boneless and skinless salmon and blend into the sauce. Transfer the mixture to a dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until cold.
Using a large tablespoon, shape the salmon mixture into pear shape croquettes. Dredge in flour, dip in the beaten egg and water, then roll in the bread crumbs seasoned with salt and pepper.
To prepare the chive sauce:
Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Skim the foam from the surface. Remove from the heat and let stand until the milk solids settle to the bottom. Pour the clear butter into a container discarding the solids in the bottom.
Whisk the lemon juice into the clarified butter. Add the chives and season with salt and pepper. Keep the sauce warm. Deep fry the croquettes in hot oil for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Insert a small piece of parsley in he top of each croquette to represent the stem of a pear. Arrange two croquettes on each plate. Decorate with a sprig of fresh parsley. Serve the sauce separately.