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Tuna Cakes, Preserved Lemon and Whipped Feta

These make great party food or starters
Servings 10


  • 250 gm cooked mashed potato cooled 8.81 oz
  • 2 x 1/4s preserved lemons cleaned
  • 2 small eggs
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 250 gm tuna drained (tunaoil) -
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 small finely diced Spanish onion
  • 4 Tablespoon course breadcrumbs or Panko Crumbs
  • Crumbs to coat
  • 1/4 cup of Dukkah
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 100 gm breadcrumbs 2 cups I used Japanese Panko crumbs
  • 250 ml milk beaten with
  • 1 Egg
  • 150 gm flour for dusting 1 cup

Whipped Feta topping

  • 100 gm creamy Danish feta
  • 100 gm ricotta
  • 80 ml cream or buttermilk 4 Tablespoons


You need 1 bowl and a food processor.

  • Put 1/2 the potato in to a bowl with 1/2 of the drained Tuna (leave the Tuna in lightly broken up chunks , for texture). Add the parsley, paprika and crumbs.
  • In the bowl of the food processor add the preserved lemon, egg and remaining tuna and potato and puree. Combine both of the Tuna mixtures and mix well. Add a couple of extra crumbs a tablespoon at a time if the mix is a bit sticky. Don't overdo it.
  • Shape into patties and chill for an hour or pop into the freezer for 15 minutes,before crumbing
  • Mix the dukkah, cumin and crumbs . Flour, egg wash and crumb the cakes and chill to set.
  • before cooking. Meantime

Feta whip

  • Combine the Feta and Ricotta with the cream in a food processor and whizz until fluffy and combined. This is addictive and perfectly matched to these Tuna cakes.

Beetroot salad

  • This beetroot salad made of raw beetroot was a big hit. I have several converts who now make this every week. Use nice fresh firm beetroots they're sweeter
  • Grate the beetroot, and add the mint. In a separate bowl mix the sugar with the hot water to dissolve then add the molasses, oil , salt and till combined. Mix into the beetroot and let stand for several minutes. The combination of the salt and sugar encourage the beetroot to bleed making a very nice dressing.... that is not to be dribbled on clothing!
  • Deep or shallow fry the cakes till golden. Serve with the beetroot and whipped feta.