It's a Friday in Lent. For me, and, well, every Friday, that means it's fish day. I think I've finally found something I can dress up or down and change around enough so that I have a simple go-to recipe for when I'm stumped about what to eat on Friday. And I usually have all the ingredients on hand unless it's just before a shopping day.
First things first. Wash your hands. Since this is a home kitchen, I don't wear gloves, but I do wash my hands thoroughly and often. I use Hibiclens periodically. It was recommended by my daughter's pediatrician. That's what I used this morning just because I haven't refilled the regular liquid soap dispenser. But anyway, however you do it, wash your hands, because I'm telling you right now I don't stand on ceremony. We're going to be shaping these tuna patties by hand. No special tools needed. Just your mitts. So be prepared.
Form the stuff into patties. It's hard to tell you how much to use for each patty, I fill up my palm, probably 1/4 cup or a bit less worth of the tuna mixture, then I flatten it out and form it into a round patty about 1/4 to 1/2 inch think. Somewhere in between those two measurements. Make it as thin as you can but have it still be a pretty solid patty. Like I said at the start, I just use my hands. I have a tray or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper ready for the formed patties. I do all the patties first and then start frying them. In fact, I've taken to making them earlier in the day and keeping them in the fridge until I'm ready to cook them at dinner time. They take about 3-4 minutes per side, fried on med-high in some olive oil. I usually get about 9 of them out of this recipe. I'm sure I flip mine more than once just because I want to make sure they're pretty evenly browned on both sides. Place cooked patties on paper towel to drain. They're good warm or cool, and they freeze well and re-heat well.
Just look at your finished patties for a moment. Easy, peasy. But what to serve with them?
Since it's Lent, and Fridays in general are penitential for us, I try to keep things simple and not flashy. The Polenta fits the bill perfectly. A salad would also be good, or some sliced tomato. I also make a sauce out of mayo, tomato paste and sweet relish to put on the patties. Hot sauce is also a popular condiment for these. Cocktail or tartar sauce would probably also be good but I don't tend to keep these things on hand.
Since this is Lent, I'm kind of taking a halfway break from some social media and online things. To that end, this is going to be my last post until Lent is over. Have a blessed Lent, and pray very hard for our world. Things are more complicated than the MSM would have you believe and many everyday people are going to be hurt because people at the top want to play games with people's lives. Ciao for now.