Salmon & Fennel Casserole

Happy almost weekend! 🙂 Recipe of the day is Salmon & Fennel Casserole – very aromatic and simple dish, ready in just a few minutes!

Salmon & Fennel Casserole

So I’ve got this old recipe book at home, I think it’s actually one of the first ones I bought, and I love the recipes in it. I don’t use it quite often but there are a few dishes that I’ve been making through the years which I really enjoy. This Salmon & Fennel Casserole is one of them. I don’t follow the recipe completely, I’ve changed a few things, but I copied the main idea. 🙂

Salmon & Fennel Casserole

It’s incredible what amazing recipes are out there, precisely in my old cook books. I haven’t got that many but the ones I’ve got are super cool with lots of delicious recipes. And to be honest I haven’t even tested half of them. But now I’m on a mission to revise these books and test some recipes I fancy. Hopefully they turn out good so I can share them here with you. 🙂

Salmon & Fennel Casserole

OK, the kids don’t like this though, I admit. I usually bake their salmon parcels separately with just a few mild spices. I’ve never expected them to like this recipe anyway. It’s a recipe for ‘grown-ups’. Why? Because of the strong and super aromatic flavours of dill, grainy mustard and fennel. The salmon is baked in this creamy mixture and then a few more goodies are added to the casserole – some boiled eggs and pastry squares. These last two ingredients really complete the meal and make it so much tastier.

Salmon & Fennel Casserole

Here’s how to make the Salmon & Fennel Casserole

Salmon & Fennel Casserole

Salmon & Fennel Casserole

Ingredients

  • 600-700g salmon fillet, cut into big chunks
  • 2 fennel bulbs, sliced
  • 4 boiled eggs, sliced
  • 150g filo pastry
  • 2tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 150ml double cream
  • 2tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Place the sliced fennel bulbs on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt.
  3. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  4. In a bowl, combine the mustard, double cream and dill. Pour over the fennel.
  5. Arrange the salmon chunks and put back in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  6. To make the filo pastry parcels, simply cut them into small squares and bake for about 7-8 minutes.
  7. Arrange the halved boiled eggs and the pastry parcels in the casserole and serve.
  8. Enjoy!
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Salmon & Fennel Casserole

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Baked Tuna Meatballs

Happy weekend all! Here’s the Saturday recipe of the day – Baked Tuna Meatballs – yes, baked not fried, but still juicy, amazingly delicious and super simple to make!

Baked Tuna Meatballs

OK, so this was the first time I made meatballs from tinned tuna. I saw a few photos of tuna meatballs on the web and I thought that they looked quite delicious. So, I got all my ingredients and started cooking.

I chose to bake these simply because I’m not really keen in frying. Don’t get me wrong I love fried food too, it’s just the process I dislike. 🙂 I honestly fry food very rarely and almost every time regret it. 🙂 So I try to find alternatives(meaning cooking in the oven). 🙂

Baked Tuna Meatballs

But as I mentioned, the meatballs were so succulent and juicy, you’d probably thought they were fried. Well, I guess that’s because of the tinned tuna and also I didn’t completely drain it, I saved just a tiny bit from the sunflower oil. Yes, probably that kept the meatballs moist and so appetizing.

Baked Tuna Meatballs

Here’s how to make the Baked Tuna Meatballs.

Baked Tuna Meatballs
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Serves: 25
Ingredients
  • 3 tins of tuna in sunflower oil, drained, with a bit of sunflower oil left
  • 2tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • fresh parsley, chipped
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the tuna, egg, onion, garlic and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Add the Parmesan cheese and parsley, mix and make small meatballs.
  4. In a greased baking tray arrange the tuna meatballs and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.

 

Baked Tuna Meatballs

I served the meatballs with quinoa with peas and corn. My kids really enjoy quinoa and have it quite often. I often add some veggies inside like carrots, peas, small broccoli, etc..

The tuna meatballs work well with lots of stuff, like you can have them with veggies, rice, pasta, whatever you fancy really. Or simply by themselves, with some kind of sauce probably.

Baked Tuna Meatballs

I think they would taste amazing in a creamy tomato sauce with some pasta so next time I might actually make this.

Oh, and they also make a great party food/canapes. Make them even smaller, prick them with cocktails stick and serve them to your guests. I’m pretty sure they would love them. 🙂

Baked Tuna Meatballs

Did I say that the kids love them too? It’s really one of the few things they genuinely like and I was so surprised they actually licked their plates and asked for more.:-) That was a huge success. So looks like from now on I’ll be making these quite often. And another plus is, you probably got all the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard/fridge. I mean, I always stock up on tinned tuna. It’s great for quick and easy meals and I use it a lot – in sandwiches, pasta, wraps, salads and whatnot.

Tip: Why not try adding a splash of hot sauce in the tuna mixture for some extra heat. 🙂