Polpette-di-ricotta-e-tonno-con-maio-vegana

A recipe for all occasions and all year round: Ricotta and tuna patties with vegan mayonnaise.

Patties are always a successful dish with children and adults alike. These Ricotta and tuna patties are the solution for a quick, but tasty and nutritionally rich meal with the protein of ricotta and tuna.

I decided to prepare this recipe to be served as finger food during the Cibus exhibition in Parma during which I will be at the booth of the Isola d’oro company that produces Tonnotto, delicious 100% Italian tuna fillets that I used in my recipe.

To win over our visitors, I have prepared a very special vegan mayonnaise, flavoured with smoked paprika and Kala namak salt. What is Kala namak and why use it?

Kala namak is a dark, grey to violet coloured salt that is extracted from mines in northern India and the lakes surrounding the Himalayas rich in sulphurous springs. In fact, what characterises this salt is thehard-boiled egg smell that has made it particularly popular among those on a vegan diet as it is a perfect aromatic substitute for egg.

In addition to its organoleptic characteristics, this salt is recommended by Ayurvedic cooking in case of gastric disorders and is excellent for fighting bad cholesterol: that’s why I decided to use it instead of ordinary salt for my vegan mayonnaise! Be careful to the amount used because it is saltier than the salt we are used to.

Are you ready to experiment?

Polpette-di-ricotta-e-tonno-con-maio-vegana

Ricotta and tuna patties with vegan mayonnaise

5.5g carbohydrates per 100g of patties without mayonnaise

Ingredients for 6 servings

  • 500g cow’s milk ricotta
  • 150g Tonnotto l’Isola d’oro tuna fillets
  • chopped parsley or other herbs to taste
  • gluten-free breadcrumbs**
  • salt and pepper

Ingredients for the vegan mayonnaise

  • 100g sunflower seed oil
  • 50g soy milk*
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • kala Namak salt
  • smoked paprika

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Put ricotta in a bowl and mix it with the drained, chopped tuna; add salt and season with pepper and chopped parsley or other herbs to taste. Form patties and coat them with breadcrumbs.
  2. Arrange them on a baking tin lined with parchment paper and bake at 200°C in grill mode for 15 minutes.
  3. Prepare the mayonnaise by placing all the ingredients in a tall glass and mix with an immersion blender for a few minutes to obtain a smooth, homogeneous mayonnaise.
  4. Serve the patties warm or cold with vegan mayonnaise.

Polpette-di-ricotta-e-tonno-con-maio-vegana

Version with gluten of Ricotta and tuna patties with vegan mayonnaise

Replace the gluten-free breadcrumbs with conventional breadcrumbs, the rest of the recipe is naturally gluten-free.

 

 

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