This is the first time I have joined in with Keith’s Recipe Shed linky, merely because the last two times it has been live I hadn’t managed to cook with the chosen ingredient! However, as the theme this is Recipes That Have Been Handed Down I was able to cook my recipe in time 🙂
This recipe is one of two recipes that has been handed down by my (maternal) grandparents and it brings back so many happy memories of them, my brother, my parents and I sat at my grandparents dining room table tucking into these yummy fishcakes. Both of the recipes I have picked up from my Nanny and Na (the other is Corned Beef Hash) are cheap to make as times were hard when they were bringing up my Mum and uncle and so they needed to find affordable healthy but delicious meals for their family.
These fishcakes are made from tinned pilchards in tomato sauce – now don’t get me wrong there is no way on earth I could eat these fish straight from the tin (yuk!), but mixed with potato and made into fishcakes they taste delicious. Honestly, it’s true. I make these for Burton and his Daddy and I have to tell the latter that I am using tinned salmon because the first time I made them and told him the truth he wouldn’t eat them! Now I tell him I use salmon with ketchup he eats them!! So any doubters out there, trust me when I say they are really tasty.
The ingredients are store cupboard ones and for family of four based on 2 fishcakes each (plus baked beans) this only costs about £1 a head – less depending on the brands you use.
So to make these Fishcakes you will need:
Boil the potatoes until cooked and allow to cool
Then add the pilchards and mash well
Add pepper for seasoning enough to your own taste
Chill the mixture for a few hours in the fridge.
Using the chilled fishcake mix, make 8 balls and slightly flatten and dip in the egg and then coat with the flour or weetabix
Heat some oil of choice in a large frying pan and brown each side
Place in oven on a moderate heat to warm through
Serve with either baked beans, salad or just ketchup and bread and butter
I actually think these are better the next day when I only have to re-heat them in the microwave. So if you have the time I would make them as above one day, and then have them the next day reheated instead.
I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.
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