Fish Cakes

Versatile Fish Cake with home made tomato sauce

Method

1. If you need to cook the fish, just very slowly poach it in some milk with a couple of bay leaves, 10 black peppercorns, thyme and 2 cloves of garlic. Bring the milk to a simmer and drop in the fish, take the pan off
the heat and leave it to cool. Then remove the fish with a slotted spoon and flake.

2. Wash the potatoes and dry with a cloth, cover a metal baking tray with a little coarse sea salt and place the potatoes onto the salt and into the oven at 200°C for approx 1 hour 20 minutes. Cut them in half and scoop out the flesh from the shell with a spoon. Place the potato into a bowl and break down with a fork till finely broken.

3. Place the butter into a shallow pan on a low to medium heat. Once melted add the onions, 2g salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaf and cover with a lid. Cook until soft for approx 5–7 minutes with no colour, then leave to cool when ready. Mix this into the potato and leave to cool, add the parsley, gherkins, capers, cooked fish and egg yolks, season with a little more salt and pepper. Mould into 70g sized balls and coat in the flour first then egg wash and white bread crumbs. Deep fry in vegetable or groundnut oil at 180°C for approx 3–4 minutes till golden brown. Then place in a high oven approx 180°C for 2–3 minutes.

4. As a special treat, I like to serve the Fish Cakes with home made tomato sauce. For the sauce place a medium sized pan on a low heat and add the olive oil, heat for a minute then add the onion, thyme and garlic. Cook slowly with the lid on so they sweat in the pan with no colour and cook for 8–10 minutes, stirring now and again. Add the white wine and reduce until it has evaporated completely, then add the tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, salt, pepper and cook with a lid on a medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring now and again so the tomatoes don’t catch on the pan. Then turn the heat up for the last 5 minutes so they boil and reduce a little. Stir all the time when you do this, otherwise it will burn. Add the basil and purée in a kitchen blender till smooth,
then pass through a fine sieve.

Ingredients

Turns Of Milled Pepper 12
Salt 2g
Thyme 8g
Bay Leaves 2
Butter 40g
Egg Yolks 3
Parsley, Chopped 8g
Capers, Chopped 30g
Gherkins, Chopped 30g
Onions, Thinly Sliced 300g
Cooked Baked Potato 500g
Cooked White Fish Sole Pollock, Crab, Salmon 500g

For the sauce

Tomato Paste 100g
Turns Of Milled Pepper 14
White Wine 350 Ml
Thyme 10g
Olive Oil 250 Ml
Sugar 35g
Salt 18g
Garlic 20g
Tomatoes, Chopped 1 Kg
Onions, Peeled And Sliced 400g

Hints 'n' Tips

You will know the potatoes are ready by inserting a knife into the middle and feeling it go through
without any resistance.

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