Sunday Brunch: Ricotta & Potato Chip Fish Cakes with Peas

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New York Times best-selling cookbook author Julia Turshen joins WGN Weekend Morning News to share her recipe for Ricotta & Potato Chip Fish Cakes with Peas.

Turshen is the best-selling author of ‘Now & Again’, ‘Feed the Resistance’ and ‘Small Victories’, while most recently releasing ‘Simply Julia: 110 Easy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food.’

Ricotta & Potato Chip Fish Cakes with Peas (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • One 2 oz. bag of potato chips (preferably sour cream and onion flavored)
  • Two 6 oz. cans of wild pink salmon packed in water, well-drained
  • One cup of whole milk ricotta cheese
  • One tablespoon Old Bay seasoning (or one teaspoon kosher salt, sweet paprika and garlic powder)
  • One lemon
  • One tablespoon unsalted butter
  • One 10 oz. package frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

  • Let air out of potato chip bag and crush the bag with a rolling pin or wine bottle to make fine crumbs.
  • Transfer potato chip crumbs to a large bowl and add salmon, ricotta and Old Bay.
  • Finely grate the zest from the lemon and add it to the bowl (reserve the zested lemon).
  • Stir the mixture well to combine, breaking up salmon as you mix.
  • Divide mixture into 8 equal portions and use your hands to form each into a patty. It’s helpful to divide the mixture in half and then in half again to make sure the patties are the same size.
  • Place butter into large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once it melts and begins to bubble, place fish cakes in the skillet and cook without disturbance until bottoms are browned, in 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Use a spatula to carefully flip each one over and cook until nicely browned on the second side, another 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Transfer fish cakes to a plate and cover them with foil to keep warm.
  • Turn heat on to high and place peas, half-and-half and salt in same skillet.
  • Cook, stirring just until the peas are bright green and tender and the half-and-half has reduced slightly, about 4 minutes.
  • Transfer the peas to a serving platter and place the fish cakes on top. Cut the zested lemon into wedges and serve the wedges with the fish cakes for squeezing over. Serve immediately.

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