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Recipes containing tuna

Pintxos – Bar Snacks from Basque Country

Pinxtos are delicious Catalonian tapas
Pintxos are delicious snacks from northern Spain

Pintxos are very popular snacks in bars in northern part of Spain – especially in Basque Country. We first discovered pintxos in Barcelona and later found out that there’s a pintxo bar in our home town, too! Word pintxo means a skewer in Catalan language and pintxos are often served with piece of bread and the toppings are spiked through with a toothpick or a small skewer. But there’s another purpose for the toothpick other than holding things together: You are charged according to the number of toothpicks you have on your plate!

There really are no limits what you can do with pintxos. Just have a piece of bread (typically baquette) and place of favorite things on top! We have a huge pintxo book full of recipes in Spanish. Here are four of our favorites.

Ingredients for Green Pepper Pintxos with Cold Smoked Salmon

  • baquette – pan Francés
  • olive oil – aceite oliva
  • green peppers – pimientos Italianos
  • onions – cebollas
  • sea salt – sal de mar
  • mayonnaise – mayonesa
  • cold smoked salmon – salmón ahumado
  • quail eggs – huevos de codorniz

Boil the eggs for 4 minutes. Cut peppers into 4 pieces. Cut onions into rings. Fry green peppers and onions in olive oil until they are soft. Season with salt. Stack the pintxos the following way:

  1. bread
  2. mayonnaise
  3. salmon
  4. green pepper
  5. onion rings
  6. quail egg

Ingredients for Jamón Pintxos with Red Paprikas

  • baquette – pan Francés
  • extra virgin olive oil – aceite oliva extra virgen
  • canned red paprikas – pimientos del piquillo
  • Spanish cured ham – jamón
  • green olives with stones removed – aceitunas verdes sin huevos

Spash a little olive oil on the bread slices. Stack the following way:

  1. bread
  2. red paprikas
  3. cured ham
  4. olive

Ingredients for Mackerel Pintxos with Tuna Sauce

  • baquette – pan Francés
  • olive oil – aceite oliva
  • green peppers – pimientos Italianos
  • canned red paprikas – pimientos del piquillo
  • sea salt – sal marina
  • ground black pepper – pimienta negra
  • mayonnaise – mayonesa
  • canned tuna – atun
  • canned mackerel – caballa
  • quail eggs – huevos de codorniz

Make the tuna sauce first. Combine mayonnaise with tuna. Season with black pepper and sea salt to taste. Refrigerate for about one hour. Boil the eggs for 4 minutes. Fry green peppers until soft. Season with salt. Stack as follows:

  1. bread
  2. tuna sauce
  3. mackerel
  4. red paprika
  5. green paprika
  6. quail egg

Ingredients for Asparagus Pintxos with Hollandaise Sauce

  • baquette – pan Francés
  • olive oil – aceite oliva
  • asparagus – espárragos
  • sea salt – sal marina
  • hollandaise sauce – salsa holandesa
  • quail eggs – huevos de codorniz

Boil the quail eggs for 4 minutes. Fry the asparagus on a pan until soft, but still a bit firm. Season with salt. Make the hollandaise sauce according to these instructions. Stack as follows:

  1. bread
  2. hollandaise sauce
  3. asparagus
  4. quail egg

¡Buen provencho!

Tuna Steak Salad with Green Pesto

Tuna salad with green pesto
Green pesto made of fresh basil is a perfect match with a tuna steak!

As everyone knows, tuna is one of the endangered species. We were pondering awhile whether we should publish this recipe or not, but we decided to go for it and do a little background research about tuna to educate ourselves as well.

There appears to be two organizations which grant certifications to ease consumers to make smart choices at fish counter. They are Friends of the Sea (FOS) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

FOS and MSC Logos
Freands of the Sea (FOS) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) grant certifications which ensure that tuna is caught off or farmed in a sustainable way.

When buying tuna or other seafood which is endangered ensure that the product is labeled with one of these logos.

The whole idea behind this recipe is not the tuna – it’s the pesto! Tuna and pesto go very with together, but you can always use pesto, for example, with pasta as it is. You don’t need anything else.


Ingredients for Tuna Salad with Green Pesto for 4 Servings

  • 4 tuna steaks – filetes de atun
  • Salad of your choice, we recommend arugula (also known as rocket) – rúcula
  • 1 bunch of basil – albahaca
  • 3 cloves of garlic – dientes de ajo
  • 1 dl (1/3 cup) pine nuts – piñones
  • 3 dl (1 cup) freshly grated parmesan cheese – queso parmesano
  • extra virgin olive oil – aceite de oliva virgen extra
  • salt – sal
  • ground black pepper – pimienta negra
  • lime juice  zumo de lima
  • 4 eggs – huevos

Start by boiling the eggs. Then get a sharp knife and chop the basil leaves. Do not use a food processor, they are delicate! Add the pine nuts and garlic, grate some parmesan cheese on top and chop some more. When you have everything finely chopped, place the pesto in a small bowl, add some olive oil and lime juice so that the texture is right and season with salt (if needed, because there is salt in the cheese) and mix well. Place in a refrigerator to rest. You may need to add more olive oil before serving, because the mixture absorbs some oil while resting.

Place washed and dried salad on plates with eggs and lime slices. Fry the tuna steaks in hot pan for about 2 minutes per side so that they are medium rare. Season the steaks with freshly grounded black pepper and salt and put a splash of olive oil on top of the arugula salad. Cut the steaks into slices and place on top of the salad. Finish with generous amount of pesto.

¡Buen provecho!