Fish contains essential proteins which help children’s muscles to grow and repair. It’s also brilliant for fueling the brain. These fun fish balls are not only delicious, they also provide a great opportunity to include children in the kitchen. See our suggestions of what the kids can do below the method!
1 cup of mashed potato (mash with fork, dry)
1 fillet of salmon cooked (or any white fish)
2 large eggs (one for the mixture and one for the breadcrumbs)
1 cup of fine breadcrumbs
2 tsp flour
½ tsp salt
1 spring only finely diced
1 tsp lemon juice
- Mix the mashed potato, cooked salmon fillet, one egg, flour, salt, spring onion and lemon juice in a large bowl.
- Using your hands, scoop the moist mixture and create a ball in the palm of your hands.
- Dip the ball in the leftover egg and then roll the ball in the breadcrumbs.
- Oven bake for 15-20 minutes.
As always, we recommend serving the fish balls on your favourite eco rascals organic bamboo bowl or plate. The fish balls are filled with proteins and carbohydrates so we tend to fill the rest of the plate up with delicious vegetables and a fresh dipping sauce.
How can the kids help?
There are so many opportunities to spend time with your children in the kitchen. It’s a little daunting as there will definitely be more to clear up, but I like to think if they weren’t in the kitchen with me making a mess, they’d probably be making a mess elsewhere anyway.
We had help from a two and a three year old with this recipe. Here's how:
- Washing the potatoes
- Peeling them by hand (if you boil the potatoes with their skins on, they can peel them once cooled)
- Mashing with a fork or masher
- Flaking in the cooked and cooled salmon to the bowl
We did try and let them dip the balls into the egg and roll in the breadcrumbs but stress levels had peaked by this point so we took over. Maybe we'll wait another year for that task.