If there's one thing that ignites my culinary passion, it's the anticipation of an upcoming trip to a place that's known for its rich and diverse cuisine. As a food enthusiast, I've always found inspiration in the flavors of different cultures. My latest source of inspiration? An impending journey to the vibrant and flavorful land of Spain.
Unveiling the Spain Box
In preparation for this adventure, I decided to embark on a little culinary journey of my own. My aim was to capture the essence of Spanish cuisine right in my own kitchen. That's when I stumbled upon the Spain Box, a delightful treasure trove of authentic Spanish ingredients that promised to bring the flavors of Spain right to my doorstep.
Among the treasures within this box was a can of premium Spanish tuna—a true gem that set my creative culinary wheels in motion. The result of my experimentation was a dish I like to call "Spanglish Tuna Tartine." Trust me, it's a delicious fusion of Spanish and English flavors that you won't want to miss.
1 can of premium Spanish tuna
4 slices of rustic bread (baguette or country bread work well)
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 ripe tomatoes
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish (optional)
1. Prepare the Bread:
Preheat your oven's broiler.
Toast the bread slices until they are golden brown on both sides. You can also use a toaster if you prefer.
While the bread is still warm, rub each slice with a peeled garlic clove. This will infuse the bread with a subtle garlic flavor.
2. Create the Tomato Base:
Cut the ripe tomatoes in half.
Grate the cut sides of the tomatoes on a box grater over a bowl, discarding the skin. This will create a fresh tomato pulp.
Season the tomato pulp with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt, and a dash of black pepper.
3. Assemble the Tartines:
Spread a generous layer of the tomato pulp mixture onto each garlic-rubbed bread slice. This forms the base of your tartines.
4. Add the Tuna:
Open the can of premium Spanish tuna and drain any excess oil or water.
Flake the tuna with a fork into bite-sized pieces.
Distribute the flaked tuna evenly over the tomato-covered bread slices.
5. Final Touches:
Drizzle a little more extra virgin olive oil over the tuna to enhance the flavors.
If desired, garnish each tartine with fresh parsley or cilantro for a burst of color and flavor.
6. Serve and Enjoy:
Your Spanglish Tuna Tartines are now ready to be served! These delightful appetizers are perfect for a light lunch or as a crowd-pleasing appetizer at your next gathering.
For an authentic Spanish touch, serve your Spanglish Tuna Tartines with a side of Spanish olives and a glass of chilled Spanish white wine or sangria.
Enjoy your culinary journey into the fusion of Spanish and English flavors with these Spanglish Tuna Tartines!