Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Day 65, Tuna Patties

This is a good way to make tuna for the kids who don't normally like tuna. It can be served on a bun or in a lettuce wrap for eating with your hands.

Tuna Patties

2 (5 oz) cans tuna in water, drained
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup ranch dressing
1/4 cup mayo or Miracle Whip
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped green onion
2-3 tbsp olive oil

Set aside 3/4 cup breadcrumbs. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl except oil. Form 8 thin patties; coat each with breadcrumbs. In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook 3 patties 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Add oil 1 tbsp at a time and cook remaining patties 2-3 at a time.

Serves 8

This is a recipe that my mother used to make. She'd make the patties a little thicker though. You can add celery for crunch or even finely chopped red peppers. Because I press my patties so thin, I don't have to cook them too long. I found that when I made them thicker, they would fall apart more easily and I'd end up burning the outside and having the inside cold. Because an egg is used they need to be cooked through. Toppings can include tartar sauce or burger toppings.

Flavor Rating: Great, the dressing gives it a lot of flavor.

Ease of Preparation: Moderate, your hands get messy and it helps to rinse them clean between patties so they don't stick.

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