Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Close Enough: Skinny Tuna Cakes

The top is what "Skinny Tuna Cakes" are supposed to look like, according to Pinterest (The people who post these recipes are so creative and clearly have A LOT of time on their hands, I can't even). The bottom is what happened when I cooked the tuna cake. I am sparing you by posting the only picture that managed to look close to the inspiration btw, but ....look; close enough.

Skinny Tuna Cakes
Adapted from SkinnyMom

2.5 ounce cans of Albacore Tuna in water (are they not all Starkist brand?)
1/4 Tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning (I used creole seasoning because, what is Old Bay? and Creole's do it better)
1/2 chopped onion (maybe I can't chop onions, but that seemed oniony)
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 Egg Whites
1/4 Panko bread crumbs (plain) (really, be generous cause this was probably my issue)

Ingredients for Chipotle Mayo:
1/4 cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing (I used real Mayo, what's the difference? I have no clue)
1 tsp. chili powder (or to be even better use 2 Tsp of chipotle chili powder)
1 tsp. lime juice (or squeeze a lemon in there until it has a dressing consistency)

I tried to use the ingredients the recipe called for but really...what is Old Bay? Can I just use my own seasoning that I think tuna should have because Old Bay sounds boring. And, do you any of you just HAVE lime juice? I have a lemon tree and that's a citrus fruit....I mean...close enough. Also I'm serious about not being able to chop onions or something, I had onions falling out of my not enough panko- cakes, it was a lot. Unless you like onions...just brush your teeth after, is all I'm saying, okay? Anyways...

Get to Cookin!
1) Open Albacore tuna and drain the water (still with me?)
2) In a small bowl, combine tuna, chopped onion, egg whites, seasoning of your choice (since we're fighting the power against Old Bay all of a sudden), pepper, and Panko bread crumbs. 
MIX WELL and form mixture into 4 equal sized patties.
2.5) Okay, you can make more than 4 patties, they'll probably stay together better that way
3) Use olive oil (or cooking spray) to coat a medium sized skillet and cook patties over medium heat, turning occasionally to make sure both sides cook evenly.

For Chipotle Mayo
Mix Mayo, chili powder, and lime (or lemon) juice. Stir until well mixed 
(dressing consistency)Serve with mayo on top of tuna cakes and keep the dish on the table because it is great for dipping and is delicious.


Emmy said...

They sound yummy! And you know I think you just need more lighting in your picture and it would look a lot like the top one :)
Though I have to admit even though I am a pro photographer, i rarely get amazing food shots as I am too impatient to stage it, I just want to eat!

Nicole said...

Looks pretty close to me! And yummy!! :)

MissTolefree said...

THIS was sooo delicious! it was failrly quick and easy!

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