Oh yes. The tuna patty. Who cares right? Well I haven't been posting much and I happened to remember to snap a photo of these so I thought I might as well post it. This is Paula Dean's recipe that I have been using forever. The first time JR asked me to make a tuna patty I had no idea how to do it. My Mom didn't make these because Mickey Bailey (that's my Father) hates tuna more than anything on the planet Earth. I on the other hand make the patty often. JR loves them and so do the kids. They are cheap, quick and easy. How could you go wrong? Sometimes I serve these on a bun (Paula calls it the Tuna Burger) but normally I serve them like this. Plain Jane style.
2 (6-ounce) cans solid white tuna, drained
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 tablespoon chopped pimento, optional
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons prepared horseradish (you must add this for the great taste that leaves you wondering what that is, even if you hate horseradish like I do!)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the tuna, bread crumbs, and egg, and stir lightly. Add the onion, celery, pimento (if using), lemon juice, horseradish, garlic, and pepper, and mix again. Form the mixture into 4 patties. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook the patties, covered, until golden brown. Carefully flip the patties and cook the other side for 5 minutes. Finish baking in the oven until golden brown.