Thursday, 30 January 2014

Renew the Menu: Tuna Patties

Tuna patties. Can you believe I've never cooked these before? Truth be told I'm late to the party with tuna, I've really only started eating it in the last 15 years or so, well knowingly anyway. Let me explain...

Like most kids growing up in the 80's Tuna Mornay made a regular appearance on our table. To make things difficult my brother and I had made it clear to Mum that we did not like tuna therefore like all Mums she was forced to become inventive and so in our house we knew it as "Chicken Casserole". It always went like hotcakes especially when topped with cheese AND Smiths Chicken Chips! (Seriously what kid could resist?!)

Then one day my world came crashing down, I walked into the kitchen mid dinner prep and there on the bench I spotted a large tin of tuna, in shock I asked what was for dinner.
“Chicken Casserole”, Mum casually replied.
"Ok, so what's with the tuna tin?" I retorted.
Mum started laughing, "Well chicken casserole is actually tuna casserole!" she admitted.
"But we don't eat tuna!" I protested.
"Yes you do", she said.
Touché Mum, touché.

Since coming to terms with this revelation I've come to love the versatility of a tin of tuna. It's such a great ingredient to have in the pantry and can be used in so many ways. One of my favourite tuna recipes is Justine Schofield's, Tuna Arancini balls and this has similar elements but much quicker.

I have to tell you the kids were in meltdown mode when I served these up and it took over half an hour before they calmed down enough to actually eat them. (Miss M's constant "Yucky, something else!" did not help my ego or my stress levels) but they eventually ate them! I made the patties in the morning and fried them up just before serving, an easy way to get most of the mess cleaned up before cactus hour. Husband and I ate them on their own as I had no energy left after this meltdown to make an accompaniment but with a generous squeeze of lemon they made a great starter, we ate hummus and bread later on (that’s a meal isn’t it?!). Next time I’ll add a load of veggies to the dish to make a full meal, other than that I was pretty happy with the result.
Don't you love our holiday house crockery?!

Tuna Patties

Makes approx 12 patties

250 g potatoes
425g tin tuna in springwater
2 tsp parsley chopped
3 tsp Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tbsp whole egg mayonnaise
2 tbsp lemon juice
Sea salt


1/4 cup flour
sea salt
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tbsp grated Parmesan
2 eggs
Olive Oil to shallow fry


1. Peel and chop potatoes. Boil/microwave until tender.
2. Drain water and mash potatoes. Set aside to cool slightly.
3. Flake tuna into bowl and mix in finely chopped parsley, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and season with salt
4. Combine tuna mixture with potato and form into patties
5. Place patties in fridge for 20 minutes
6. For crumbing place whisked egg in one bowl, flour and salt in another and breadcrumbs and Parmesan in the third.
7. Coat pattie in flour, shaking off excess, dip in egg before coating in breadcrumbs.
8. Heat oil in frypan on medium heat, fry patties for approx 3 mins each side or until golden and heated through.
9. Serve with lemon wedges

What was your favourite childhood dinner?


  1. Yum! They look great! I'm trying those tomorrow night. I feel your pain about the meltdown. It's soul destroying isn't it, when you've put together something you think they're going to like? It reminds me of something my son said to me just a few months ago, when presented with stir fried tofu and veg. "You're not the mum I know and love". Now he'll happily eat a whole bowl of it.

    1. Oh kids are too much! Seriously how do they come up with these lines?! You are doing an awesome job being able to convince your son to eat tofu and veggies! I would be happy with just the vegies!


Thanks for your comments!