This super simple recipe for Piccata Fish Cakes is a perfect lunch when you’re cooped up at home. All the flavors of Chicken Piccata but with a Pescatarian twist. This healthy meal is both nutritious and satisfying served over a bed of field greens.
I’ve been playing chopped at home long before the food network unknowingly stole my idea. I could go into any pantry whether it was mine or my family’s and come out with ingredients to prepare a tasty meal. Lately I know a lot of us have been at home trying to be more creative with the ingredients we already have. These Piccata Fish Cakes are a fantastic use of ingredients you probably have in your pantry already. Even if you’re missing a few of these ingredients you can substitute some of the items you do have and make it work!
On the surface I know this recipe may sound a bit strange but it actually exceeded my expectations. I was just going to make tuna salad for lunch. Then I saw I had a lemon and a jar of capers. That’s when the light went off...Picatta!!! I love the citrus tartness combined with briny capers in the classic Italian dish. So why not take those same flavors and present them in a new way. Instead of making a lemon capers sauce with white wine and butter I made an aioli (fancy word for mayonnaise). I used capers, garlic, lemon and Calabrian chili powder to make the sauce.
Calabrian chilies are, you guessed it from Calabria, Italy. They have a slightly sweet and spicy flavor that gives a subtle kick to all sorts of dishes. It can be found dried, packed in oil or in powder form. It’s an ingredient that I see Bobby Flay using it all the time. That’s how I first discovered this Chili pepper. If you can’t find any or don’t want to grab some from amazon you can always substitute cayenne pepper or if you don’t like spicy food just use smoked paprika.
Sardines are a food that I keep on hand all the time as a staple in my pantry. Fish Cakes are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids. It's also a fantastic way to incorporate fish into your diet. I prefer to buy the sardines packed in olive oil then I season them however I like. Sometimes with spicy mustard and sea salt or just a few dishes of my favorite pepper relish Wickles. People that are scared of trying them I think this Piccata recipe is a great introduction because once they’re mixed together with the other ingredients you won’t even know you’re eating sardines.
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