Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fish Sandwich

Fish sandwiches totally kick hamburgers' butts. I love fish sandwiches!

One day several years ago when I was fresh out of college, my friend Lindsey and I were feeling the effects of an overindulgent Friday night and had a mad craving for a fish sandwich. The craving was so intense, we drove to McDonald's and ordered 2 fish sandwiches in the drive thru, and pulled up to pay - only to be told they don't take debit cards. So we drove home and got a checkbook and drove back to McDonald's and went ordered in the drive thru a second time. This time we were informed that they don't accept checks either. So we drove to an ATM to get cash. The third time was the charm. That's serious love for fish sandwiches.

Then I found out that fish sandwiches are about the most unhealthy thing on any restaurant's menu since they often have cheese, tartar sauce, and that tasty deep-fried breading served on a white bun. So that ended my restaurant fish sandwich adventures.

Luckily, I'm able to make fish sandwiches at home and they are guilt-free and very healthy. They are especially delicious if you splurge on great fish (like I did from Coastal Seafoods) but you can also use canned tuna or salmon without any regrets. The other funny thing is that most people think leftover fish is gross to eat (I used to be one of those people) but these fish cakes usually taste BETTER than the original meal and are a great way to use any leftover fish you have.

I also enjoy tartar sauce so I made my own healthier version - just a tiny scoop of real mayo, thinned out with fresh lemon juice, and flavored with chopped capers and parsley. Sure it adds a little fat, but the amount of flavor that's added is worth it.

Fish Sandwiches
cooked leftover white fish or salmon, flaked (or canned tuna or salmon, drained)
1 handful breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon Old Bay seafood seasoning
1 handful chopped parsley
1 egg, beaten

Mix all ingredients together and form into patties. Pan fry in a drizzle of olive oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet. Cook until browned on one side, flip and cook the other side.

Serve on a toasted whole wheat bun with homemade tartar sauce and lettuce, and some roasted veggies on the side.

If you eat this fish sandwich instead of fast food, you won't feel at all bad for having yet another slice of Guinness cake.

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