Foodie Tuesday: Tuna Cakes, the Next Generation

My first shot at oven-baked tuna cakes, based on Michelle Tam’s from Nom Nom Paleo, was good, but not just to Mr. S’s and my taste quite yet. So I took another run at the dish. Here’s what I did:Photo: Tuna Cakes, V.2

Tuna Cakes, Take 2 (They’re Small!)

2 tins of great tuna, 1 tin of great tiny shrimp, and 3 fresh, raw eggs, all gently chopped together. I used my blade-style (not wire) pastry blender, a tool whose blades are strong enough to chop through the fish and shrimp and spaced far enough apart not to simply mash them, so they retained texture to my liking. I seasoned the mix with lemon juice, dill, smoked paprika, yellow mustard, and a bit of cayenne—very much like our favorite tuna salad for sandwiches and dip, but without the mayo, since the eggs and shrimp hold things together and the egg-lemon combo gives a vaguely “mayonnaisean” flavor. I divided the tuna ‘salad’ into a greased 24-muffin tin, only loosely poking the seafood into the cups to keep them rather airy.

For the top layer of the cakes, I baked one large russet potato, let it cool enough to handle it without getting myself all starch-sticky, and coarsely grated the insides. The peel, separately, got minced finely and nuked until beginning to crisp in about 2 Tablespoons of melted ghee and a little sprinkle of Maldon sea salt crystals, and then gently blended with the grated potato ‘meat’ before being popped on top of the fish mixture in a similar fashion. For a little decorative gesture and last dose of flavor, I sprinkled the cakes with a light dusting of additional paprika and salt and then a few bits of jarred pimientos.

Baked for about 20-25 minutes at 350°F/177ºC, they’re quite lovely served with some salsa and a further sprinkle of flaked salt. Add few sautéed red capsicum slices, toasted sliced almonds on top, and side dishes of diced fresh peaches and pears and some fresh green vegetables (snap peas and celery, on this day) to dunk into dill dip, and the meal is complete. The dill dip was made, this time, from a base blend of avocado oil mayonnaise and coconut milk seasoned with salt and pepper and, of course, plenty of dill.Photo: Tuna Cakes for Dinner This post is brought to you on Foodie *Wednesday* courtesy of No-Access Tuesday. I’ll post my regular Wednesday episode today, too, since I’m back in internet-available territory. So I’ll see you later. Barring any further interruptions of our regular programming!

8 thoughts on “Foodie Tuesday: Tuna Cakes, the Next Generation

    • The simplicity of the prep is one of the most appealing aspects for *this* lazy cook. Now that I did the quick mix-and-mash and baking, all I have to do is take a couple of the cakes per diner out of the freezer and warm them up. Did them in a skillet with a little ghee the other day, just until starting to crisp on each side, and it was a super simple treat.

      Of course, the *best* method is to have another person fix them *for* you from the start!!

  1. Yummy. (and actually possible to do) Only problem here is that once the tuna can is open, it seems to disappear instantly from meowing beggar, snuffling dogs, or sampling “just a bit” people. Great idea with the potato topping.

    • Isn’t it shocking how little tuna gets past the various gateways?? Particularly since we found this brand we like so much that it’s utterly delicious plain: lightly salted, canned in its own juices. That’s it. Mmmmm!

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