Rillettes de thon

rillettes de thon

Strictly speaking, rillettes are a kind of pâté made of pork cooked in its own fat and then finely shredded (very nice, despite the description!). This version is a kind of tuna pâté, simple to make and delicious on toast. You need to use good-quality tuna, preferably “au naturel” rather than in oil — though you can use the latter if you drain it well. Make it at least an hour before you want to eat it; it will keep for several days in the fridge.

500 g jar or can of tuna in brine, drained
3 tbs crème fraîche
2 tsp Dijon mustard
3 petits-suisses or equivalent soft cheese
juice of 1 lemon
dash of Tabasco
salt and pepper

In a bowl, finely shred the tuna, then add all the other ingredients except the seasoning and mix well. Add a little more cream if it seems too dry. Season with Tabasco, salt, and pepper to taste. Pack into a bowl or jar, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving with toast.

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