Southwestern Tuna Balls Sweet-Heat Chili Sauce

img_3912I caught about a 2 pound bass-the biggest we have caught yet, but then again we are in a shallow cove.  It started raining so we weren’t out there long.  There are big ones jumping like crazy though.  Trying again today if the rain stops.

Yesterday was experiment day again so I made some tuna balls.  Trying to think healthier I wanted to try using fresh tuna instead of canned and try baking instead of frying.  I knew that fresh tuna lacks the sodium and that is a hard thing to ditch so I only added a small amount of salt.  The sauce had some sugar in it but hey, I’m trying here.  The balls had flavor but were a little on the dry side still missing the saltiness.  To remedy this I added some chicken broth, sweet chili sauce and chili paste to a skillet and simmered the balls on low heat and they absorbed the moisture I was initially looking for.   I chose to make rice noodles in lieu of regular pasta (I like them better anyway) and use some of the cabbage slaw from last nights Shrimp Tacos.  I am pretty positive that my husband will be adding something extra.  Overall I think they were a success.  Perhaps a bit more tweaking the spices next time.  Reminder to self:  You are what you eat.  One day at a time.  It all pays off in the long run. 🙂

Tuna Balls

  • 2 ahi tuna steaks, cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup black beans
  • 1/4 cup frozen yellow corn
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons roasted chilies, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons purple onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Saute the onion, jalapeno and garlic in small amount of olive oil until tender.  Mix all ingredients together, shape into balls and bake on greased baking sheet for about 15 minutes.

Again, when I removed them from the oven I simmered them on low heat in a mixture of chicken broth, sweet chili sauce and chili paste for a few minutes.

Have a great day !!  It’s thundering here-come on rain!!



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