Need A Break From Turkey And Ham? Give these A Try!!
If you are a lover of seafood like I am, you probably have leftover fish now and then. I am a huge fan of haddock, salmon and shrimp for everyday cooking and of course we can't count out lobster and king crab legs for special occasions. I am also a fan of cooking a little more than I would eat for one meal because I love working with leftovers as I have stated many times on my blog. My main reason being I love fish cakes, patties or burgers of any kind. There is nothing like a great fish burger on a toasted English muffin topped with a slice of cheese and some type of homemade sauce. There is also nothing like a great fish cake (or stick if you want to shape them that way) with a side of sweet potato fries or tots (just my opinion).
Today, I was once again working with leftovers, some amazing fresh haddock I had fried in a little olive oil and butter as is. I am not a fan of breading my fish, I am all for cooking fish the simpler the better. I am also not a fan of frozen fish if I can help it. I feel frozen and defrosted means a wet, mushier product no matter how hard you try to prevent it. However, it beats no fish at all. Lucky enough to eat out? Take your leftover fish home and create. I was also working with some leftover mashed potatoes. Now you know the story, the two met and fell in love and my recipe was born.
Here is what I created today:
¾ cup of leftover lightly mashed cooked haddock (see note) don't pulverize it
¾ cup of homemade mashed potato on the drier side
Teaspoon or to taste of dried dill
½ teaspoon or to taste of paprika
Tbsp of fresh chopped parsley, or 1 teaspoon of dried, or to taste
Other spices you desire
1 beaten egg
Mix lightly and put in fridge for at least 30 minutes to stiffen up for easier forming into cakes, patties or sticks
Make cakes, fry on medium in way of choice 4-5 minutes per side
Note: you can use any ratio you desire here, more fish less potato etc. your kitchen your choice
If you are ready for a break from turkey or ham before the next round, give this idea a try.
Happy cooking! Stay well!