Tasty Tuesday Recipe: Tunisian Tagine

by - Tuesday, May 22, 2007

So, here's my first recipe of the "Tasty Tuesdays" series: Tunisian tagine with tuna, parsley and cheese. This is a really simple dish which you could use as a starter or accompaniment to a main meal. It's also nice for the kids to snack on!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Six medium eggs
  • A small can of tuna chunks, drained
  • A handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • Grated mild cheese (enough to fill a small teacup)
  • A medium sized potato, peeled and cut into small squares (about 1.5 cm wide)
  • One small onion, finely chopped
  • A drop of milk
  • Oil for greasing
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Small ceramic/earthenware roasting tray (or a casserole dish, if you don't have the roasting dish).
  • (Optional): a lemon to garnish

Here's how to make it:

  1. Heat your oven to a high temperature (about 220 degrees centigrade)
  2. Boil the potato in salted water for a few minutes until they're almost cooked. Drain and cool.
  3. Break the eggs into a large mixing bowl and beat together. Add the drained tuna, cooled potatoes, parsley, cheese, chopped onion, a drop of milk (to make sure the mixture isn't too thick!) and seasonings to suit your taste.
  4. Grease the roasting dish with the oil, then pour in the mixture ensuring everything is evenly spaced.
  5. When the oven gets hot (it really does need to be hot for the tagine to rise!), put the roaster/dish into the oven on the top shelf. Cook for around 20-25 minutes until the eggs are set and the top is slightly golden.
  6. Remove from the oven, cut into squares and serve with slices of lemon. Yum!

You can change some of the ingredients to suit your tastes. For example, you could replace the tuna with cooked chicken; use spring onions, or replace the meat with small pieces of char grilled red and green peppers for a vegetarian treat!

Hope you enjoy this recipe! More from Tunisia next week...

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