In the restaurant business (and I suppose in life in general,) cost efficiency is definitely an all encompassing concern. Economically speaking, people are searching for value right now, and sometimes that leads to sacrifice. In the case of running my business though, I don’t feel like my customers should have to sacrifice flavor or quality of product when frequenting the bar.
Today I want to share with you a protein packed recipe that will cost you a fraction of a crab cake without having to give up the awesome flavor, texture, and decadence associated with them.
I’m fairly certain I don’t know any single human being in the world who eats enough fish to reap the benefits of doing so either, so this is a good excuse to get your omega 3 on.
All you need is:
1 Pound of Boneless Skinless Haddock Filets
1/2 Cup of Celery (finely chopped)
1/2 Cup of Onion (finely diced)
1/4 cup of Panko (can be omitted for dietary concerns)
Dried cloves, Old Bay, Parsley
1/2 a lemon (or a tablespoon or so of lemon juice)
Prepare your haddock as desired. Bake, broil, pan fry – as long as it’s cooked through, you’re golden. (Insider tip: salt, pepper, olive oil, plastic wrap, and microwave works just fine.
Once it’s fully cooked, shred it into chunks with a fork. Cover, and place in the fridge to cool.
Once your haddock has chilled a little, mix in your goodies. I go heavy on the Old Bay, light on the cloves, and medium on the parsley. Don’t be scared to dig in with your hands – they are the best mixers out there.
Smoosh your concoctions into patties and place either in a frying pan or on a flat top grill. You don’t need any cooking spray or oil for these.
Fry for about 3 minutes on each side, smashing them down as you go. When they are browned, plate and serve.
I served mine with vinegar slaw and a side of rooster sauce mixed with Greek yogurt for dipping, but this lends well to any tartar sauce variation.
You can make your cakes as big or small as you’d like. Serve as an appetizer, or reheat for a quick post workout protein shot. Either way, you don’t have to sacrifice fancy for your budgetary needs. Fun, fast, and delicious, these haddy patties are a healthy way to add some fish to your diet.