We love fish in this house, and while it is not made with fresh fish, this delicious Tuna Loaf is one of our favourite meals. Its a recipe which I have been making for year and years. You make it with either cooked tuna or salmon. Sometimes I will serve it with a cream sauce, or creamed peas, but today I served it with a delicious fresh Mustard Cream Sauce.
This sauce is so simple make also. You just whisk together some fresh lemon juice, heavy cream, a good Dijon mustard, and a bit of sugar and salt. The lemon juice thickens the cream like magic and you have a beautifully flavoured sauce which is great with fish, but also equally at home with vegetables.
Its really lovely with asparagus, or broccoli . . . and new potatoes really take it well!
You could use leftover cooked fish for this easy loaf, or you can use tinned fish, which is what I normally do. I always have tins of tuna and salmon in the cupboard, so it makes for a great store cupboard meal as well, something I can throw together at the last minute if I need to!
Today I served it with some boiled new potatoes. Jersey royals. They are in season right now. I love them. They have a sweet and nutty flavour.
I added a healthy mix of peas, green beans and carrots for a bit of colour and to help us get some of our five a day!
*Salmon or Tuna Loaf*with a mustard cream
1 TBS Dijon mustard (optional)2 large free range eggs, beaten lightly
For the sauce:1 1/2 TBS minced fresh parsley
the juice of 1 lemon
1 TBS Dijon mustard
240ml double cream (1 cup heavy cream)
pinch cayenne pepper
salt and sugar to taste
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Butter a 1 pound loaf tin really well. Set aside.
Flake the fish into a bowl and mash it well with a fork. Add the bread crumbs and toss together with the melted butter, onions, green pepper and parsley. Whisk the eggs, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco. Mix into the fish mixture, combining well. Press into the prepared loaf tin. Bake for 35 minutes until set and golden brown.
While the loaf is baking make the sauce by whisking together all of the ingredients, adjusting the flavour as necessary with sugar or salt.
Serve the hot loat cut into slices along with the sauce for spooning on top.
Note - This sauce also goes well with steamed new potatoes and asparagus. You can also serve any leftover loaf cold with a salad on the side for a light lunch the next day.