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Father B's Tuna Rolls

Father B’s Tuna Rolls
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Yield: Makes 24 rolls.

These a pleasantly flavored tuna rolls make a lovely light luncheon dish. Cut in half or thirds they also make tasty hors d'oeuvres.

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  • 24 large lettuce leaves
  • 2 cans (7 ounces each) tuna packed in water, drained
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 heaping tablespoons capers
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup minced scallions
  • 1 tablespoon dried, crushed mint leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup diced celery, blanched and cooled
  • 1/3 cup olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice plus 1 tablespoon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, for garnish


Plunge lettuce leaves into boiling water. Remove after about 20 seconds and immediately plunge into ice water. Remove and let drain in a colander. Pat dry. Combine tuna with rice, capers, shallots, scallions, mint, salt, pepper, celery, 1/3 cup olive oil, and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Using 3 tablespoons of the tuna mixture for each leaf, roll as you would for cabbage rolls (see Balanduke recipe), pushing in at one end with your thumb. Arrange on a serving platter and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and chopped parsley. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Updated Friday, September 21st, 2007

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