(Fry them in real butter; it makes all the difference!)
These are quite a bit like crab or salmon cakes, but with tuna! The recipe suggests them as a way to use up leftover canned tuna, and I think you could make it work with leftover tuna salad, too. You know what I mean: you make the tuna salad, make one sandwich, then someone asks you out to lunch the next day, so you don't use the rest of the tuna? Well, now you can make that tuna into a hot dinner meal!
The recipe (from Southern Living, of course) can be found here, and it's really quite simple. Just tuna, mayo (or, if you want a bit more of a flavor kick, a little Cheese Shop House Dressing), egg, green onion (or onion), and panko bread crumbs, basically. Throw in whatever you'd put in a crab cake! Make it your own! I would also note, you could probably make these gluten free by substituting the panko bread crumbs for cooked quinoa. If you do that, you will probably need to refrigerate either the mixture or the quinoa, so that you can shape it into croquettes. Once you've mixed up whatever you want to use for your tuna croquettes, form them into little circle cakes, melt some butter in a fry pan, then fry for a few minutes on each side. The recipe calls for them to finish in an oven, and let me tell you that was worth it!
But the real star of this show is the Buttermilk Avocado-Lime sauce. Make according to the recipe and you will not go wrong. I may have put in a bit too much lime, but the kick was nice. Since I already had buttermilk from making the cake, it worked out perfectly! If you don't have buttermilk, you can "make" buttermilk using milk and lemon, or maybe try using milk and yogurt.
I used one 12 oz can of tuna, and I made nine croquettes out of the recipe. I had lots of leftover sauce, but it would go well with a variety of dishes, so I'm sure you can find a way to use it up. I paired my croquettes with the above mentioned Watermelon-Feta Orzo salad, but it would go well with sweet potato fries or any kind of lettuce-y salad with a sweet vinaigrette and maybe dried cranberries. And voila! A healthy, easy dinner for you and your family to enjoy!