Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
1/2 cup mayonnaise, divided
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley, divided
1 avocado, mashed
5 tablespoons buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 (5-oz.) cans solid white tuna in water, drained
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1 1/4 cups seasoned panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/4 cup butter
Butter lettuce leaves
How to Make It
Grate zest from lime to equal 2 tsp. Cut lime in half; squeeze juice from lime to equal 5 tsp.
Process 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup cilantro, next 3 ingredients, 1 Tbsp. water, and 3 tsp. lime juice in a food processor until smooth.
Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together tuna, next 2 ingredients, lime zest, and remaining 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup cilantro, and 2 tsp. lime juice. Gently stir in 2/3 cup panko. Shape mixture into 8 (2-inch-wide) patties. Dredge in remaining panko.
Melt butter in a large nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium heat; add patties to skillet, and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer to oven.
Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Serve over lettuce with avocado mixture and lime wedges.
Note: We tested with Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore in Water.
This were very yummy and the avocado-buttermilk sauce made it even better. I did bake the croquettes for an extra 10 minutes as they didn't seem to get brown enough. They were fine, but we like things a little crispier.
I made these as the recipe indicates but left out cilantro & onions because of allergies. They were excellent. My husband loved them saying they were even better than my salmon croquettes - which he also loves.
Made them last Friday. They were Great !. I will probably use a little less lemon zest next time, but don't leave it out, it gives them a special flavor. Made 4 patties instead of 8. I didn't have the ingredients for the sauce so I used guacamole ranch dressing that I have in the fridge and it was very good, but next time I will try the sauce with cilantro, it sounds delicious...I will make them again and again. Everyone loved them. I gave it 4 stars because you can have this as a nice appetizer if you make them smaller. Cant tell it is tuna from a can!!
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