Friday, October 1, 2010

Food Friday

Today I want to tell you about some of my favorite recipes that we had for dinner this week.  I start with a recipe from and tweak to my family's liking.

The first is something that my family has decided would be good every single week.

Asian Tuna Patties (tweaked to my family's specifications)

2 (6 ounce) cans tuna, drained and
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup Panko
3 green onions, minced (optional)
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced or
garlic powder to taste
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1.In a large bowl, mix tuna, egg, bread crumbs, green onions, and garlic. Blend soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, ketchup, sesame oil, and pepper into the mixture. Form the mixture into about 6 patties approximately 1 inch thick. 
2.Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Fry each patty about 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown.

These are fairly straightforward, I don't use the onions most of the time simply because I don't usually have them.  I use garlic powder at times too, if I don't have fresh garlic.  I use Panko bread crumbs simply because I like them better.  The sesame oil is what really makes this!  It's a very intense nutty oil that bring lots of flavor to the party!

And this is what I made with them.  Rich had 3 helpings!  :-)

(Chicken) Spaghetti Salad (again, tweaked and explained)
3 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken breast (optional)
1/3 cup lightly fried cabbage
1/3 cup shredded carrots
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 tsp sesame oil
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic or garlic powder to taste
1.Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Combine the spaghetti, chicken, cabbage and carrot. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, soy sauce, oils, sugar and garlic.
Bring to a boil; remove from the heat. Drizzle over spaghetti mixture and toss to coat.

This recipe calls to add chicken, but I was making a side dish, so I didn't.  It also calls for fresh minced ginger, but I didn't have that or powdered ginger, so the next time I make it, I hope to try it.

We are always trying new things here at Chez Chaffins so I would love to receive some new recipes from my readers!


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