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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Cod Cakes (poor woman's crab cakes)

I love crab cakes, but I don't love the price of crab. These fish cakes are a great alternative and make for a yummy dinner. These have become one of our top favorite dinners!

Cakes (for 4 people or cut in half for 2):
4 cups 2% milk
2 lbs cod fillets, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 cup panko
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 TB finely chopped onion or shallots
2 1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
3 large eggs
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 TB chopped parsley
2 tsp chopped dill
2 tsp dijon mustard
2 tsp lemon juice

To prepare the sauce:
1. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

To prepare the fish cakes:
1. Bring milk to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Add fish, cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Drain well.

2. Mash up fish and combine with 1/2 cup panko and next 7 ingredients (through garlic). Stir in 2 TB lemon juice.

3. Make patties with the fish mixture slightly smaller than the size of the palm of your hand. Dredge in the rest of the panko and place on a plate.

4. Coat a large pan with olive oil and heat to medium-high. Add the patties and cook for 4 minutes on each side or until crispy and golden. Remove from pan and place on a plate with paper towels.

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