Feed Your Creativity — Tuna Melt Cakes with Havarti

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These crunchy exterior cakes lead to soft potato and tuna with a warm melted cheese center, inspired by the classic tuna melt sandwich.
By Janette Fuschi

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The cakes start with mashed potatoes. They are mixed with a good quality, sustainable canned tuna. The zest and juice of a lemon are added for delicious freshness along with yellow mustard, a good quality mayonnaise, corn for sweetness and fresh chopped chives for just a hint of onion flavor. The cakes are then coated in panko breadcrumbs. Because we want them as crispy as possible, they are then shallow fried to a perfect golden brown.

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The cakes are garnished with a very easy lemon mayonnaise; simply fresh lemon juice and mayonnaise mixed together that is a fresh tasting ‘sauce’ which complements the cakes perfectly.

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Cutting through the crispy crust into the fluffy potato, the center is filled with oozing melted cheese that spills out onto the plate.

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Feed Your Creativity — Tuna Melt Cakes with Havarti
 
These crunchy exterior cakes lead to soft potato and tuna with a warm melted cheese center, inspired by the classic tuna melt sandwich.
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Recipe Type: Main
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
For the tuna melt cakes
  • 5 to 6 medium russet or gold potatoes
  • 6 ounces sustainable tuna in water, drained
  • Juice and zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
  • ½ cup canned or frozen corn
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1 inch cubes Castello light havarti cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1¼ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
For the lemon mayonnaise
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Juice of ½ lemon
Instructions
For the tuna melt cakes
  1. Using a fork, pierce the skin of the potatoes all over.
  2. Microwave each potato for 2 minutes, turn and microwave for 2 minutes until the skins start to wrinkle and the potatoes are soft. Set aside and allow to cool.
  3. To a large mixing bowl add the potato and mash until smooth.
  4. Add the tuna and mix well.
  5. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice, mustard, mayonnaise, green onions, corn, salt and pepper.
  6. Take ¾ cup of mix and form into a ball.
  7. Make a deep well in the center of the cakes and place a cube of cheese.
  8. Re-form the patties so the cheese is well covered into 3 inch diameter by 1 inch high cakes.
  9. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the cakes to set.
  10. Add the egg and panko to shallow bowls.
  11. Dip the patties into the egg, then into the panko.
  12. Add oil to a cast iron skillet and heat over medium heat until it starts to ripple.
  13. Add the patties and cook for 2 minutes each side.
For the lemon mayonnaise
  1. Add the the mayonnaise and lemon to a small mixing bowl and mix well.

 
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Janette Fuschi

Hi, my name is Janette, originally from England, currently living in Southern California. I'm the author, recipe developer, photographer and resident redhead behind Culinary Ginger. I grew up in a household with 4 siblings where my mother cooked a from scratch meal for us every night. I took an interest at an early age in cooking and learned a lot by helping and watching my mother in the kitchen. Today that tradition is carried on my household in that I also like to cook every night. I like to use only fresh ingredients, no processed or pre-packaged foods are allowed in my kitchen. I like to try new recipes and adapt current ones from all cuisines. In addition to all of this, I am fortunate that I get to travel with my husband for business and this allows me to explore and document my findings here for you to read and hopefully, take something with you.

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