On this edition of Use It or Lose It, my leftovers are as follows:
1/3 cup homemade marinara sauce (not really enough for spaghetti...)
Homemade refried beans (I might have made a TON the other day?)
1 lb frozen fish sticks...
THESE. Generic. 'Fish'. 'Sticks'.
I had a plan:
-Make rice using the marinara and water
-Thaw and mash the fish sticks and form into a patty with some nice spices, Cajun seasoning perhaps?
- Make some sort of bean sauce
Since the patties were going to be cajun flavored, I found a bonus ingredient for my bean sauce:
The bean sauce is simply 1 cup of refried beans, 4 packs of Taco Bell salsa verde, 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 tsp of salt. Heat in the microwave.
The rice is 1/2 cup of dry brown rice with 1/3 cup marinara sauce and 1 cup water, simmer covered for 30 minutes, season to taste.
The fish cakes came out very nice, somewhere between a salmon patty and a hush puppy. Certainly better than the fish sticks on their own!
1lb cheap frozen fish sticks, thawed
1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1/2 tsp salt
Oil for frying
In a bowl, mush the fish sticks, eggs, and seasoning with your hands until you have a uniform substance that should feel like cookie dough. In a large frying pan or iron skillet, heat up about 1/2 inch of oil. Shape and pat dough into round patties, I got 9 medium-sized ones. Fry for about 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Don't overcrowd the pan; divide into batches if necessary.
Drain patties on paper towels. Serve over rice and top with bean sauce.