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Tuna Pate

Tuna Pate
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by in Dec 2006
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Yield: 6 servings

Serve this simple spread with crostini or plain, crisp crackers. And please, use the best tuna in olive oil you can find; tuna packed in water or vegetable oil just won't cut it for this recipe.


  • 1 russet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt
  • 2 6-ounce cans imported tuna, packed in olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (packed) chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 3 anchovy filets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Garnish: thin cucumber slices and a caper


In a small saucepan, cover potato with cold water by at least 1 inch. Add a good pinch of salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover pan partway, and cook until potato is tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and return potato to pan. Dry the potato, shaking pan, over medium heat, until it is floury and has left a film on the bottom of the pan. Rice potato into a bowl and set aside to cool.
In a food processor, combine tuna (with its oil), parsley, capers, anchovies, oil, and vinegar. Process, scraping down sides a few times, until the mixture is a very smooth paste. Season with cayenne.
Fold tuna paste into potato thoroughly, until there are no lumps of potato. On a small platter, form p
Updated Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

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