Easy Tuna Appetizer: Pâté au Thon
In David’s Cocoa and Lavender post for Pâté au Thon he turns ordinary canned tuna into a masterpiece. The full recipe is below for what might just become your go-to “impress the guests” appetizer.
Pâté au thon
- 2 10oz cans Canned White Tuna packed in olive oil, drained
- 16 tbsp Unsalted Butter softened
- 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
- 1 Lemon for finely grated zest
- 1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne
- 6 Anchovy fillets drained
- 3 tbsp Capers rinsed and drained
- Sea Salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp Hungarian sweet paprika optional (for garnish)
- 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley finely chopped, optional (for garnish)
- Toast or crackers for serving
- Line a 5 1/2-inch by 3 1/2-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving plenty of overhang.
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the tuna, butter, cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, cayenne, anchovies and the 3 tablespoons of capers.
- Season with salt and pepper and process until smooth.
- Spoon the pâté into the loaf pan and smooth the top.
- Spoon any remaining pâté into a small crock for a more casual presentation.
- Cover with the loaf pan overhanging pieces of plastic wrap, and cover the crock with additional plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, at least 8 hours or overnight.
- Unwrap and unmold the pâté onto a serving dish.
- Optional: To decorate the unmolded pâté , place two pieces of paper – approximately 5-inches by 2 inches – on top of the pâté about 1/4 inch apart, pressing slightly to get good, clean edges.
- Sprinkle the paprika on the1/4-inch strip of pâté, then gently remove the paper on both sides.
- Cut a 5-inch by 1/4-inch strip of paper to cover the paprika.
- Press the chopped parsley onto the pâté, and remove the strip of paper covering the paprika.
- Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Serve with toast or crackers.