One of the most exciting things about cooking is the skill of taking simple food and elevating its flavor with unexpected ingredients.
Take tuna, for example. It would not be my favorite food when served as a salad or a sandwich. But these spicy tuna patties are an entirely different story. In fact, this recipe came out of pure necessity.
Let me explain. I was raised in a household where a meal was not complete if there was meat was on the plate. My husband, raised similarly. Surprisingly, recently, he decided he wanted to try meatless eating.
Wow! Really? But then my thoughts; why the heck not, let’s go for it.
We decided to agree on the conditions that we would continue to eat dairy and seafood. Oh… and, yes, I was definitely happy about that.
So, before I go on, I should warn you that I have never prepared a meatless meal. At least, not intentionally. And somehow using seafood feels a bit like cheating when it is as scrumptious as these spicy tuna patties.
When it comes to food, the most important things to me are flavor and texture. For me, the cuisine must have layers of great flavor that are bold and interesting and offer a true culinary experience.
About These Tuna Patties
I seasoned these tuna patties with cayenne pepper, old bay seasoning, pepper sauce and loaded with onions and parsley; now those are big, bold flavors! The spicy flavor is rounded out with a bit of lemon juice, eggs, mayo, and earthiness of the flaxseed. The beautiful crisp salad provides a cool freshness to the dish.
Talk about a winning meatless meal! Not only are they delicious, but they are also healthy and satisfying. And, what an easy meal to prepare on any night of the week. I whipped this entire meal up in less than 30 minutes.
Let me tell you how:
Spicy Tuna Pattys and Veggie Salad
with Creamy Italian Dressing
|3 – 5.5oz Cans of Tuna in Oil (drained)||3/4 Cup of Panko Bread Crumbs|
|3 Large Eggs||1/2 Cup of Mayonnaise|
|2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper||1 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning|
|Juice of 1/2 Lemon||Hot Pepper Sauce to Taste|
|2 Tbsp Chopped Parsley||1/4 Cup of Flaxseed|
|Salt & Pepper to Taste||4 Tbsp Vegetable Oil|
Lightly beat the eggs, and combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Gently stir the mixture to combine. Do not over mix or it will become gummy.
Using you hands, form the mixture into patties. The mixture makes about 8 medium sized tuna patties.
Heat a large pan on the stove over medium high heat, and add vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, add the patties being sure not to over crowd the pan.
Cook the patties until the outer layer is nice and crisp and golden brown.
Remove the patties from the pan to a rack to allow them to cool slightly, and firm up before serving.