This is a tried and true family favourite. If I were a betting woman, I would say that this kid pleasing recipe has been in my family for at least three generations! So tasty, inexpensive and quick. As a little girl I would get very excited when I found out that we were having Tuna Cakes. My whole family gets excited when I tell them that tuna cakes are what we are having for dinner. This recipe makes enough for a family of 6 to gorge themselves, and have left overs.
Tuna Cakes Yum
You will need...
1 pot of mashed potatoes ( left overs work perfectly well. I use about 2 and a half pounds of potatoes)
chives or finely chopped green onion
salt and pepper
butter ( you can adjust this to suite yourself, I LOVE butter)
2 cans of tuna, rinsed and drained
Make your mashed potatoes. I like to use the potato masher and then add my butter, salt, and milk. I use my mix master to whip them. Then add your chives/ onion pepper, and drained tuna, stir in.
Melt some butter in the pan. As you can tell by my picture below, I have a very old dilapidated frying pan. That old girl has stood the test of time, just like this recipe. It is missing a leg and a handle, I just use an oven mitt to balance it (how's that for safety first).
After the butter is all nice and melted, I use my scoop and scoop my potato/ tuna mix into the pan.
I then press them down lightly with a fork. You want to let them get a nice brown ( the crusty part is the very best part. We all fight over the crusty bits).
It takes about 5 minutes to crisp them to a golden brown. It makes them crusty on the outside, and soft and mushy on the inside. These are a real kid pleaser. I teamed it up with broccoli for dinner because at our house, broccoli is the only vegetable that the kids can all agree on.
If you are asking yourself how I came about $6.00 for this dinner, here is the breakdown...
half of a bag of potatoes $1.50
two cans of tuna $1.00 each
1/4 of a pound of butter $3.00 a pound on sale - so $ 0.75
2 heads of broccoli $2.00 ($1.00 each on sale)
So now I have shared a family recipe, that is quick, easy and soooooooo good.