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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?

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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.

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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.

 

 

These Salt cod patties are perfect for a meal with family or friends, but are also ideal as finger food to enjoy standing in the garden. They are low in carbohydrates, making them a tasty and easy solution for bringing diabetes and celiac disease to the table.

The recipe is inspired by the patties eaten at the Osteria del baccalà in Vairano Scalo, in the province of Caserta, run by Antonio Ruggiero, a lecturer at the ISISS Marconi hotel school in the same locality, where I had the pleasure of tasting an entire menu based on salt cod, an experience that Antonio describes as “Therapeutic salt cod dinner“.

Starting from the story of Antonio’s preparation, I tried to remake them and I must admit that the result obtained is not very far from the original. The certain difference is that in this recipe they are breaded in corn flour, whereas the original Osteria recipe uses white flour.

Salt cod patties

13.18g carbohydrates per 100g patties without accompanying sauce

 Ingredients for the patties

  • 440g desalted cod
  • 150g boiled potatoes
  • 100g sheep or buffalo ricotta cheese
  • 65g coarse corn flour*
  • 50g milk
  • 35g gluten free white bread**
  • 5g salted capers
  • parsley
  • frying oil
  • salt and pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil

Ingredients for the accompanying sauce

  • 300g Ciro Flagella tomato sauce
  • 25g triple tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • dried Crusco pepper or sweet paprika
  • chili
  • salt

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

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

Preparation

  1. Cook the desalted cod for 20 minutes in a pan, covering it with equal amounts of water and milk. Remove the skin and any bones and let the cod cool down.
  2. Boil the potatoes, then peel and dice them. Soak the bread in milk.
  3. Prepare the accompanying sauce. Put a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil in a pan and brown 1 clove of garlic; add the tomato paste and dilute it with a bit of water, then pour in the sauce; season with salt and cook for 15 minutes. Season with chopped Crusco pepper, or paprika, and chilli.
  4. Place the cooked cod in a bowl, crumble it with a fork, then add the diced potatoes, soaked bread, ricotta cheese, chopped capers and parsley and a pinch of pepper. Form small balls of 30g each, roll them in a dish containing a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil so that the corn flour sticks to the surface when rolled on it.
  5. Fry the patties in plenty of peanut oil until golden brown and serve with the spicy tomato sauce.
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Salt cod patties

Version with gluten of Salt cod patties

Replace gluten-free bread with conventional bread in equal amounts.

We are in the middle of the mushroom season, a foodstuff with intense aromas that can give that extra touch to even the simplest of dishes.
Today we are preparing them with meat and, precisely, with the food we consider to be ‘the favourite of young and old’: here is how to prepare delicious Turkey meatballs with porcini mushrooms.

And if you love meatballs, enjoy the “Meat balls and patties” section.

Turkey meatballs with Porcini mushrooms

1.8g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients

  • 550g minced turkey meat
  • 40g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 20g breadcrumbs**
  • 1 egg
  • 5g dried Porcini mushrooms
  • 5g salt
  • extra virgin olive oil

** Ingredients specific for celiacs

Preparation

  1. Soak the dried mushrooms in lukewarm water.
    Meanwhile, place the ground turkey meat in a bowl, add the egg, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs and mix well. Remove the soaked mushrooms from the water and save the water for cooking the meatballs.
  2. Cut the mushrooms into small pieces, add them to the meat, season with salt and mix again. Form patties and place them in a non-stick frying pan with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil; brown them on both sides, then add the mushroom soaking water, put the lid on and cook the patties. After about 20 minutes, if a lot of liquid is present, remove the lid and brown the meatballs before serving.

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Version with gluten of Turkey meatballs with Porcini mushrooms

Replace the gluten-free breadcrumbs with standard breadcrumbs.