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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tuna Croquettes - Broke Food

While tuna croquettes are listed as today's broke food, they are secretly one of my favorite things to eat.  Most people know salmon croquettes, but if you're really trying to save, croquettes made with tuna are just the ticket.  

I learned this recipe from my late mother-in-law, Judy, and it's been a favorite of ours ever since.  Most people have tuna in their cupboards, and oftentimes if you match coupons with sales, you can get tuna for a great price.  It keeps well, and it's versatile.  

These also make great mock filet-o-fish sandwiches.  Save a patty, and the next day heat in the microwave and serve with lettuce and tartar sauce as a sandwich. 

The recipe below is for 1-2 people.  If you need to feed more people, double or triple the recipe to suit your needs.  Now, on with the recipe! 

Tuna Croquettes (Makes 2-3)
One 2.6 oz. pouch of tuna (or an equivalent size can), drained 
1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers or bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten 
1-2 tablespoons finely minced onion or 1-2 teaspoons dried minced onion 
Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients.  Allow to rest for about 10 minutes so the crumbs soften a bit.  Form into patties and fry in oil over medium-high heat.  Serve with tartar sauce or cocktail sauce (recipes below). This will make 2 large patties, 3 medium patties, or 4 very small patties.

Homemade Tartar Sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise 
1 tablespoon sweet or dill relish
Dash onion powder 
Salt and pepper to taste 

Combine all ingredients and serve with fish.  My very first job was in a local fish house restaurant, and this was how they made their tartar sauce and their cocktail sauce.

Homemade Cocktail Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
dash of garlic powder 
dash of Tabasco hot sauce

Mix all ingredients and chill before serving. 

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