No but really. Sort of. We celebrated Thanksgiving last week with my family on Friday, so on Thursday we decorated the house for Christmas (got our first real tree!) and putzed around in the baby’s room and since it was Jay’s birthday I asked him what he’d like to eat and he said “fish balls.” I think originally he had something Asian in mind but then started talking about lemon and parmesan and I was all THIS IS WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN.
Also, I did originally plan to make these round, not flat, but I have a hard time keeping balls round – I find they always kind of end up with a flat edge anyway, so I figured why not just beat the flattening to the punch?
So what we have here is this: little mini fish cakes with CHUNKS of cod, not ground up to smithereens, and a leeetle bit of filler for flavor and to hold everything together. Then it’s coated in parm and panko and fried so gently AND THEN we have a tangy but creamy dipper with dill and other yummy flavors. I photographed this as an appetizer first, then tossed some of the sauce with lettuce and made a cod cake salad, and no one in this house was mad. You will adore these.