For anyone following along with my menu plan for this week, here is the next instalment.
In the simplest form, tuna patties are a 425g can of tuna, drained and flaked mixed with mashed potato and lightly fried. Beyond that it is entirely a matter of choice.
I chose to use sweet potato tonight so the very first thing I did was to peel the sweet potato, chop them roughly and cooked them in the microwave.
Meanwhile, I prepared the other ingredients.
The tuna is flaked in the bowl and I will add some freshly ground black pepper and a cube of frozen lemon juice as well as about a tablespoon of some gourmet mustard.
You can use whatever herbs, spices or flavouring you choose. I decided on the mustard as it was given to me and I thought it would work nicely in the patties.
Mash the cooked potato but do not add any milk or butter as it needs to be fairly dry for the patties.
I also added 1/2 cup of grated cheese and a tablespoon of besan (chickpea) flour which helps to bind the mixture together.
Rather than using a frying pan, I cook these patties on the sandwich maker with not additional oil and the lid down so that they brown on both sides. The cooking is simply to heat them through and brown the outside as there no raw ingredients to be cooked as such.
We ate them with a salad lettuce, capsicum, cucumber and cherry tomatoes and a dollop of sweet chilli sauce.
The mixture made a total of 9 patties so the others will be used for lunches.
As always, if you have any questions about the recipe please ask.
Tomorrow is bean tacos so I have taken a pack of refried beans out of the freezer tonight in readiness.
I am already starting to form ideas for the menu for next week. I am pretty sure it will include pizza as I have these semi-dried cherry tomatoes in oil with garlic and herbs. I dehydrated the tomatoes and packed them in oil on the weekend. We have such an abundance of cherry tomatoes that I am always looking for new ways to use, store and preserve them.