What do you do when it's dinner time, and you haven't got any ingredients ready for the meal?
What if (perhaps as a result of being an ultralight hiker), you also have a huge surplus 500g sachet of tuna?
Tonight these particular stars aligned, and I ended up making these amazing Tuna Patties: http://allrecipes.com.au/recipe/15705/tuna-patties.aspx
I did tweak the recipe considerably, though:
- 2-3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed for mashing
- Optionally, swap one of the potatoes for a kumara or some pumpkin
- 500g tuna flakes
- 2 carrots, grated and excess juice dabbed out with a paper towel
- A goodly handful of frozen chopped spinach
- 1 onion, cubed
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/8th tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp sage
- 1 tsp veggie stock powder
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp mustard
- Boil the potatoes in salted water until cooked.
- In another pan, fry the onions for 2 minutes, then add garlic.
- Fry until the onions start to brown, then add herbs, spices, and stock powder.
- Continue to fry for another minute, then remove from heat and let cool.
- When the potatoes are cooked, tip out all the water, and allow remaning water to evaporate.
- Mash the potatoes - they'll seem unpleasantly dry, but that's OK.
- Mix the carrots, mashed potatoes, fried onion and garlic, all together in a bowl.
- In another bowl, mix together the tuna, the eggs, and the mustard.
- Now combine everything together, and give it a good mix.
- Form the mixture into patties and fry in a lightly oiled pan.
In retrospect, this recipe seems really difficult, but it was actually quite straightforward, and it was totally delicious. Definitely good with a bit of mayo on the patties. Yummo!