Monday, June 14, 2010
Fish Cakes, Take One: Simple and Easy
1 lb fish
1/4 cup bread crumbs
3/4 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1 tbl mayo
1 small onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tbls chopped, fresh parsley
salt and pepper
Pulse the fish in a food processor until coarsely chopped (or use a knife, if you're like that). Mix everything together, form 1/2 cup scoops into cakes and fry over medium/medium-high heat for about five minutes a side. Each side should be nicely browned. Serve hot.
So, I'm back. But I'm afraid I'm not going to be quite as present in the blogosphere as I was before. See, part of why I took a break was a bit of burn out. I was spending large chunks of time every day reading, commenting and (this one is the killer) stressing the numbers too much. We've all heard the song before, I got caught up in all the glitz and glamor of food blogging that I forgot I was really just doing it for fun. Heh. So I'm going to go back to just having a good time and not worry about posting on a schedule, commenting on every blog I read or getting my pictures accepted by any of the food photo sites.
But none of that is here or there, I'm here and posting and I'm sure you kids hit that link for the fish cakes, not to listen to me complain about my lack of perspective.
So, let's talk about fish cakes. I made them on a whim, I had a mahi mahi fillet that had been sitting in the freezer for some time and it was starting to get a little freezer burned. I figured doing something where it got chopped up would probably be the best bet for rescuing it, so I decided to make fish cakes. They came out really well, especially considering I had never made them before. I looked around the net, got the general idea of how they're done and whipped these up. The recipe up top isn't exact since I only had one fillet, but it was about 1/3 of a pound so I did a little math and I'm sure you'll get something similar and tasty if you follow it.
And since this is my comeback post I even have step by steps of what I did. Can you handle the excitement? Heh.
Now, before I did anything I realized I had no bread crumbs. Which in and of itself is a refreshing change of pace, usually I find out I'm short ingredients after I've already started. So I just made some, fresh is really better anyway. Then I cut the fish into big chunks and whizzed it around in the food processor. I know, the light makes the fish look weird, but pretty much the only outlet I have in my kitchen is right next to the sink and the light there is... flawed. As you can see. Anyway, next time I'm going to whiz the fish a little less to get bigger chunks. I think that would be better. Then I just tossed it all into a bowl, mixed it up, formed cakes and fried it in more oil than was really necessary. They were wicked good. I made some hobo tartar sauce with just mayo and relish, but it wasn't very satisfactory. I'm going to have to find a recipe for it and try again. Anyone have an awesome recipe they want to share?
Anyway, there it is, fish cakes take one. There will be a take two and I'm going to bread them next time. Maybe I'll even make fish sticks, my girlfriend would like that. That's pretty much the only way she'll eat fish, even canned tuna is too much for her. Heh.