A quick and easy recipe just for kids. This is an absolute favourite of mine when I was a kid – and I still make them now because our family love them. These tuna patties can be a meal in themselves because they contain 3 vegetables, 2 protein sources and carbohydrate. This is a basic recipe but you can add and change the ingredients to suit your tastes. I usually lightly fry in a non-stick frypan and then place in an oven to set and cooked through. You can choose to do either or both of these steps. The idea is for children to make these patties to learn how to make such a simple meal.Let them get involved in choosing some of the ingredients like different vegetables, adding herbs, sun-dried tomato, fetta, nuts, capers, curry, coconut, pesto or lemon zest.
3 potatoes, cooked and mashed
½ large carrot
1 small can tuna or salmon
2 Tablespoons chutney or mayonnaise
2 slices of bread or 1 cup breadcrumbs
- Peel the potatoes and cut into large cubes. Place the potatoes in a microwave dish with a lid. Add ¼ cup water and microwave on high for about 8 minutes. Check to see if they are soft and if not, then put back for another 2 minutes. Strain the potatoes to get rid of the water. Place the potatoes in a large bowl and mash with a fork or masher. Don't add anything to it because it needs to be dry to soak up the other ingredients.
- In a food processor, wizz up the bread into fine breadcrumbs and add to the bowl.
- Also wizz up the zucchini and carrot until finely chopped. Add to the bowl.
- Add the tuna, egg and mayonnaise or chutney to the bowl and mix together until well combined.
- Then form into patties.
- In a non-stick frypan, place a teaspoon of oil and a teaspoon of butter and have the heat on medium. When the butter bubbles then add the patties to the pan.
- Turn the patties over after a few minutes. You are looking for a golden brown colour. If they are burning, then either turn over earlier or turn down the heat.
- You can then place the patties in an oven at 165°C to cook through.
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