These tuna balls are very tasty, they can be made into 10-12 larger balls (I usually prepare them this way), or 30-40 smaller cocktail size balls, served with a cocktail picks. The choice is up to you, really. If you are one of those people (like myself) that just have to add garlic to almost everything, no matter what it is, then fresh minced garlic in any amount may be added to these soft, tasty tuna balls if desired. This recipe can easily be doubled, I usually do if I am making them into larger balls, for a snack or a main meal. The good thing about this alternative to normal meatballs is that they can be freezed, if you like, even though the taste won’t be as amazing as fresh ones. If you have no ideas of what to cook for a party or a game night, these tuna balls are the perfect solution you were looking for!
1 (6 1/2 ounce) can tuna, drained
1⁄4 cup fine dry breadcrumbs (enough to hold the balls together) or 1⁄4 cup soft breadcrumbs (enough to hold the balls together)
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 -3 tablespoons chopped onions or 2 -3 tablespoons green onions, if desired
2 -3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 1 -2 teaspoon dried parsley
2 -3 tablespoons chopped almonds
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1⁄2 teaspoon poultry seasoning, to taste
1⁄2 cup crushed corn flakes (for coating)
3 tablespoons melted butter
Seasoning salt or regular white salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste (optional)
Set oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan, or any size to fit the tuna balls. In a bowl, combine the tuna, egg, breadcrumbs, mayo, onion, parsley, almonds, mustard, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper and fresh garlic, or garlic powder (if using), do NOT add the crushed Corn Flakes cereal; combine well. Shape into 40 balls (for cocktail size) or larger balls, any size you desire.
Roll completely and evenly in the crushed Corn Flakes cereal to coat well. Dip the coated balls completely in melted butter. Place on a baking sheet/pan. Bake for 10 minutes (for the cocktail size), and 20-25 minutes (depending on how large you make the balls) for the larger size, DON’T OVERBAKE, these tuna balls do not take long to to get done.