Ok so this week we’re getting into some of the (many) fishy recipes we have left to make in Around my French Table. These Tuna Rillettes (p 28) weren’t something I was that excited about making – obviously – tuna, salmon and other “fishy” fish (like sardines – coincidentally these are the three different types of rillettes that are in AMFT!) are the fish I’m least likely to eat as I learn to eat fish… But I knew I could make a small amount (one tiny ramekin) and that Mr Neil would “take one for the blog” and taste them for me.
Last time I made rillettes for French Fridays with Dorie last year, they were supposed to be with sardines. I accidentally made these with salmon. And I also made the actual salmon rillettes and have those photos tucked away for when that recipe comes up. I briefly thought about making these tuna rillettes with sardines to thoroughly confuse things but stuck with the plan.
But wait, I hear you asking – what are rillettes? Kind of like a pâté, generally made with pork where the meat is chopped, seasoned and cooked slowly in fat “until it is tender enough to be easily shredded, and then cooled with enough of the fat to form a paste. They are normally used as spread on bread or toast and served at room temperature.” I really like the pork version of rillettes. The fishy iteration, not so much!
This was an easy recipe – canned tuna, some cream and spices – blitzed in a food processor and then refrigerated for a few hours. Perhaps a little too simple (or perhaps Mr Neil has been spoiled by his summers in France eating a lot of pork rillettes) because it was pronounced “just ok” and a “a little dry” by my in-house fish eater. To be fair, he ate it the next day – I think it probably would have been better the day it was made. In any case, it’s a great recipe to remember when you think you don’t have any snacks in the house – and I am sure with a bit of different seasoning, this would have been fine. It’s hard when the cook doesn’t taste the food, you know?!
Find the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s tuna rillettes here.
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