I have noticed I tend to share a lot of ‘easy’, ‘quick’ and ‘simple’ recipes on my blog.
It’s not that I’m time poor, as most people I know would consider me to be quite organised, but with three children, including a newborn, my family’s schedule can be hectic at times. I’m sure most families with young children are in the same position as me, so I try to share tried and tested recipes that are quick to make yet are still healthy and delicious.
I have been making these tuna rice patties since my eldest daughter attended childcare – it’s actually where I got the original recipe from as at the time I was trying to find meals my children would actually eat for dinner. You know the story, they eat everything at childcare or someone else’s house but not in your own!
I have tweaked the recipe slightly to suit my children’s tastes, as the original included thinly sliced gherkin – but my children would spend more time at dinner picking it out than eating so we leave it out now. On occasion, I have added some freshly chopped parsley instead.
Served up with some steamed vegetables or a yummy salad and this is a quick easy dinner that’s always a hit with my family.
1 large can of tuna in springwater, drained
2 heaped teaspoons of French mustard
2 cups of cooked rice
1/2 cup breadcrumbs, plus more to roll the patties
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for frying the patties
- Cook rice, drain and allow to cool slightly.
- While rice is cooking, mix together the tuna, mustard, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.
- Add rice when ready and mix well.
- Form into patties with your hands. They need to be quite firmly pressed into shape or they will fall apart when coating them – I use an egg ring when pressing them in my hands as I find it helps to keep them in shape and a consistent size.
- Beat eggs in a bowl, and add some more breadcrumbs into another bowl.
- Dip patties into egg, then into the breadcrumbs.
- Heat oil in a fry pan and shallow fry the patties, flipping until they turn golden on each side.
- Serve with steamed vegetables or salad.