Tuna Patties for a Quick Lunch and Easy Dinner

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I just love fish. But, fish is a precarious food. It has to be fresh or not served at all, in my opinion.

Although I’m not a fan of any canned food, I have to say that canned tuna and salmon really do save the day-and save you the guilt of feeling like you’re eating unhealthy. They should be canned when fresh, preserving that freshness, and when canned in olive oil you can get even more health benefits otherwise just purchase tuna or salmon in water.

The recipe below is not for your typical tuna fish sandwich; it’s for a Mediterranean style fish pattie whose preparation method is so similar to the way us Sicilians flatten, dip in egg, bread and pan-fry everything from eggplant and zucchini to chicken, veal, lean beef and fish. The only difference with this dish is that you really only need one mixing bowl to mix up all the ingredients that you would normally include in separate steps for the others I mentioned.

The best thing about this recipe is that it is so quick to make. I had a few friends over for lunch recently and actually asked one of them to make the patties so she could learn hands-on how it was done- and how quick and easy preparation was.

I served the lunch patties with an accompanying soup, salad, a cheese plate, roasted vegetables and pita bread. At dinner, I made them again for my husband’s dinner by making them an accompaniment to his chicken & rice soup and a hefty ciabatta bread bun. Yumm!

Below is a recipe for four people (8 patties) and some photos to show you the frying and the end results. Just imagine the different types of your favorite bread you could serve it on.

Ingredients:
2 small cans tuna or 1 8oz. can of salmon
2 small eggs
approximately ½ cup unseasoned bread crumbs, preferably home made (many store-bought brands contain MSG)
1 TB. parmesan cheese
dried parsley, to taste
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste

2 TB. extra virgin olive oil, or more if necessary

Method of Preparation:

Mix all ingredients well, except olive oil in a bowl. Form flat, round patties, adding more bread crumbs if necessary to keep their shape. Do not add more eggs, as this will make the patties too difficult to form.

Heat the olive oil on medium-high in a shallow frying pan until hot, but not burning. Fry patties for about 6 minutes on each side, depending on the size of your flame, if using gas stovetop.

Lay on a plate with paper towels to drain excess oil. Serve up as a sandwich, as a side dish or on top of a salad. Any way you choose will be delicious!

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Published in: on February 1, 2009 at 9:37 am  Comments (1)  

Iftaar Menu Ideas

As a Muslim I really look forward to the Holy Month of Ramadan where we fast the whole month from just before sunrise until the sun sets. No food or water is ingested throughout the whole day, so we must have a healthy suhoor (pre-fasting meal) and our iftaar (meal at the time of breaking the fast) must be light enough so that we can continue our prayers and worship through the night.

Here is one menu idea for an iftaar that I would like to share with you:

At the time of breaking the fast:

  • Water
  • Saudi dates
  • peach smoothie

After the maghrib salah (sunset prayer):

  • Yellow lentil soup  (I always serve soups since they warm and ease the stomach out of the fast and into eating again)
  • Super-moist turkey meatloaf
  • Creamed mashed potatoes
  • Green salad with red onions, tomatoes, lemon juice, olive oil and salt

Dessert:

  • Assorted fruit
  • light yogurt cake

This is simply one menu idea you can use to expound on, Insh’allah more to come. Remember, in Ramadan the point is not to eat to your fill but to eat to have enough energy to perform the daily salah, the extra ibadat and to simply give you the energy for all the other things you have to do in your day and evening.

Published in: on September 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm  Comments (10)  
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