Cheesy Tuna Melt Cakes
Cheesy Tuna Melt Cakes have a crunchy exterior that leads to soft potato, corn and tuna cake with a warm melted cheese center.
A delicious appetizer, serve simply with a light and fresh lemon, mayonnaise sauce.
I am a huge fan of good salmon cakes. But instead of making salmon cakes, I wanted to do something a little different.
These cheesy tuna melt cakes were inspired by my husbands favorite sandwich, the tuna melt. But instead of the cheese being on the outside, the cheese is stuffed into the cakes for a melty cheesy center.
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How to make the Cheesy Tuna Melt Cakes
Now, here comes the best part, the cheese filling. Form the cakes into a flat round, add a cube of cheese and push it into the center. Re-form the patties so the cheese is well covered into 3 inch diameter by 1 inch high cakes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set their shape.
The cakes are coated egg and panko breadcrumbs, which is the best choice because we want them as crispy as possible. They are then shallow fried to a perfect golden brown.
You might say these are similar to tuna croquettes, just gussied up with potato, corn and melted cheese.
The cakes are garnished with a very easy lemon mayonnaise; made simply with fresh lemon juice and mayonnaise mixed together that is a fresh tasting ‘sauce’ which complements the cakes perfectly.
- 5 medium russet or gold potatoes
- 6 ounces (170 grams) 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
- 1/2 cup (90 grams) canned or frozen corn
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1-1 inch cubes of good melting cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 1/4 cups (150 grams) panko breadcrumbs
- 1 cup (236 ml) vegetable oil
- 1 cup (230 grams mayonnaise
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Using a fork, pierce the skin of the [adjustable]5[/adjustable] potatoes all over.
- 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.
- To a large mixing bowl add the potato and mash until smooth. Add the tuna and mix well. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice, mustard, mayonnaise, green onions, corn, salt and pepper.
- Take 3/4 cup of mix and form into a flat round. Make a deep well in the center of the cakes and place a cube of cheese.
- Re-form the patties so the cheese is well covered into 3 inch diameter by 1 inch high cakes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the cakes to set.
- Add the egg and panko to shallow bowls. Dip the patties into the egg, then into the panko.
- Add oil to a cast iron skillet and heat over medium heat until it starts to ripple. Add the patties and cook for 2 minutes each side.
- Add the the mayonnaise and lemon to a small mixing bowl and mix well. Drizzle over the finished cakes.
Amount Per Serving Calories 847Total Fat 72gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 60gCholesterol 65mgSodium 1004mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 3gSugar 13gProtein 14g