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Tuna Rillettes: A seafood, pate like spread that’s perfect with crackers or on toasts!

Tuna Rillettes

Tuna Rillettes

Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan has recipes for sardine, salmon and tuna rillettes. A rillette is a pâté –like spread traditionally made of pork, but Dorie had us delve into the world of seafood.

Adding a bit of curry and generous pinch of quatre-épices pushed this rich nibble over the top.

Tuna Rillettes

An Easy Seafood Appetizer

This is one of those appetizers you can have ready in minutes. Take a couple drained cans of tuna in oil, a sliced and rinsed shallot, the aforementioned spices, salt, pepper and a dollop of crème fraîche and whiz in a food processor.

Letting the flavors meld for a couple hours is recommended, but I smeared mine on whole wheat bread for a lovely twist on the ubiquitous tuna salad sandwich. It can also be scooped onto crackers or crisp apple slices…for a très French starter.

Tuna Rillettes

FYI, my FFwD friends will want to know if this was Bill approved. I  made half a batch and didn’t bother torturing him with a bite. If he thought the tarragon was “too spicy” last week, I’m certain the curry would be disturbing to his tender palate.

The details of how to prepare Tuna Rillettes can be seen on this blog or in Dorie’s wonderful cookbook, Around My French Table.

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33 comments on “Tuna Rillettes #FrenchFridayswithDorie”

  1. I like the idea of this dip, Liz. So many dips are pretty unhealthy really, but not this one. Lovely!

  2. Sure sounds different! Happy Weekend:@)

  3. I’m wondering if Bill ate this ? 😉

  4. Easy lunch on crackers! I don’t know so much about Bill or my picky teenagers on this dish, but I think I would like this for a change.. Have a super weekend. BAM

  5. This was a hit with my picky eater…he loved it! I have to try it with the apples…looks so yummy! Have a wonderful weekend, Lizzy!

  6. To bad for Bill to miss out on this lovely rillettes. Seeing that word used with a fish is a first but looks very good.

  7. Would like to turn my tuna into a yummy dip too! These make great spread for bread & biscuits!

  8. The best part of this was just the idea of making a pate with any spices… truly a good emergency appetizer.

  9. Yummmm! I love this and can just imagine how awesome it would be as a tuna salad substitute!!

  10. Really I love this when I saw in Kathy’s blog and yours too look awesome my kids love tuna Lizzy!:)
    Have a nice weekend dear:)

  11. Love this idea! I recently had pork rillettes for the first time but would love to try your tuna twist.

  12. I enjoyed this one, but Kevin thought it was only okay. I didn’t try it with apple slices, but it looks like a delicious combination.

  13. I will have to try my leftovers as a tuna sandwich and see if it is any better.

  14. How interesting! Looks delicious!

  15. It looks really lovely but I didn’t think for a minute that this would be Bill’s most favourite dish! It does look like a great appetiser xx

  16. I was so happy to have that jar of quatre-épices left over from your recipe in my pantry for this because I do think it really did push it over the top. I loved it.

  17. Lizzy,
    I would love this appetizer. Like your hubby I would leave the curry out.

  18. Nice nibble! Tasty, creamy and crunchy!
    🙂 ela

  19. I lol at tarragon being spicy. He doesn’t know what he’s missing. I love this stuff.

  20. Great way to use tuna and love the apple slices with it.

  21. What a great idea, I know JT would love this because he really likes canned tuna! You could also switch up the nationalities and do Thai flavoured! Great tip on not using albacore, it’s usually the only kind I buy!

  22. Liz,
    I love this!!! I’ve never made pâté but I’ve always wanted to. . I could totally make this!! And I can’t believe I’ll see you in just a couple of weeks!! Can’t wait for Miami! 🙂

  23. I can’t forget after taking one bite! It looks amazing!

  24. It looks divine, Liz. I would lick the whole cup clean!

  25. I cannot tell you how much I loved this one! Easy quick and delicious.. I was a little bit apprehensive about the curry in the tuna but I trusted in Dorie and she did not disappoint!

  26. I love your photo styling – it makes me imagine you having a lovely picnic and enjoying this delicious snack!

  27. Poor Bill. (I bet the curry was fantastic, though!) I know that you probably enjoyed your half batch!

  28. Righto! my last mini jar will be served with crisp apple slices! Guess some hubbies are quite set in their ways!

  29. I’ll bet the curry flavor in the rillettes went well with the apple slices. Sounds like a great pairing. Howard did like this one.

  30. Love this idea using tuna and curry – sounds like a nice and light snack with crackers!

  31. Might go with the apple slices/tuna combo. I also always have a slice or two of whole wheat bread hanging around. I thought I had every spice that Pensey’s offered but had not one bit of quatre-épices in my pantry. Send a little of yours my way. FYI, my computer whiz kid, Zoe, thinks your blog/site is terrific. She’s quite impressed with your “mechanics”, so to speak. Me, she finds not so impressive!

  32. Yup – I am definitely remembering this for those times when appetizers are needed and not planned.

  33. So happy that you enjoyed this. It wasn’t my favorite, and I was so looking forward to using the spices. Oh well!!

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