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Fish Cakes


Originally published Feb 2013

One day at Costco, I bought some frozen flounder and, I’m sad to admit, it was horrible. It was fishy and flavorless and the fillets were small and shrunk up to a fraction of their original size when cooked. The bag haunted me every time I opened the freezer. I decided it was time to open the pantry and see that I could find to jazz up the fish and get rid of it once and for all. Hmmm… Garlic, cayenne, cumin, bread crumbs. Egg, onion, lime and shredded cheese in the fridge… Fish cakes!

I make very good crab cakes. Very, very good. But half my family is allergic to crab. This made a fantastic alternative and with the right ingredients (Old Bay and Worcestershire , they can be made to taste just like crab cakes at a fraction of the cost!

Lenten Fish Cakes
1 1/2 lb flounder or other white fish, cooked, cooled and crumbled
2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 onion, chopped
Zest of a half a lime
Juice of one lime
1 egg, beaten
1/2 bread crumbs
1/2 cup of shredded cheese (anything you have is fine)
Dash of cayenne pepper
black pepper

1. Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
2. Spoon into a mini muffin pan sprayed with cooking spray.
3. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, until golden brown.

To make fake crabe cakes, add in about a tsp of Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 tsp of Old Bay.

Be brave and play with the seasonings! Give them a Latin flare with a little more cayenne and some cumin. To make them taste a little more Asian, add more lime and some grated ginger.

These were so good, I may actually buy the Costco flounder fillets again, just for fish cakes!


Cauliflower Cakes

ccWhile I wait patiently for, Romanesco, AKA the BEST VEGETABLE EVER to reappear in stores, I am making do with cauliflower. For the record, I am not feeling very patient. I’m trying to make myself feel better by telling myself at least I’m not paying for Honey Crisps and Romanesco at the same time.

Today, I decided to make some Cauliflower Cakes. They will make a great side dish for the pork roast I have in the slow cooker.

Cauliflower Cakes
3 cups chopped cauliflower
1/4 cup chopped onion
Olive oil
Old Bay seasoning
2 eggs
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded cheese of choice

1. Chop up the cauliflower in very small pieces, toss with olive oil and either roast for 30 minutes or saute for 30 minutes. I sautéed mine in my lovely cast iron pan, tossed with Wegman’s Basting Oil.
2. When the cauliflower has gotten nice and soft, use a potato masher or a nice firm spoon and mash it. It doesn’t need to be smooth like mashed potatoes. It can be if you want it too, of course.
3. Add the onion, eggs, cheese, Old Bay and bread crumbs and mix until combined.
4. Scoop a rounded tablespoon full of cauliflower onto baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray and bake at 425 for 20 minutes. About half way through, turn once.

I could make a meal out of these. Easily. They were very good. The Old Bay gave them a little bit of zing without overwhelming the flavor of the cauliflower. And something about the texture of the slightly mashed cauliflower was like crab. I may have inadvertently invented a vegetarian crab cake!

I will definitely make these again. I got some a shaker of Tuscan seasoning from Wegman’s today and I think it would be great with cauliflower.