Tuna Confit with Tomato Salsa

We are back to fishy Fridays on French Fridays with Dorie.  This week was tuna confit with black olive tapenade and tomato salsa (page 305).  Tuna is not consumed in this house unless it comes out of a can but we were up for the challenge and cooked it anyway.
This recipe has you soak tuna steaks in olive oil, lemon rind, rosemary, parsley, thyme, celery, onions, sun dried tomatoes and garlic, overnight or at least 6 hours.
I was a little behind schedule so I had to cheat on the time the tuna soaked.
We ended up overcooking our fish but it was tasty anyway.  I served it with some mashed potatoes I had from a previous meal and that worked well.  I only made the salsa as we are not tapenade fans.  I enjoyed the tomato salsa and used the leftovers in some pasta that I made.  My tuna was also made without the preserved lemons.  Candy at http://dulceshome.com recommended Sur La Table and they had it but I was not able to get to the store.

This past week we replaced our hardwood floors in our house.  I coined the week “my life in a ziptop bag”.  It only lasted 5 days but it seemed like forever as me, my son, sometimes my husband and our new puppy were sealed on the second floor.  It is a wonder we ate at all that week. Luckily life is back to normalcy, well there is still the issue of our bathroom remodel.

These recipes are part of an international cooking group working our way through Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.  You can get the recipe here and here.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. I always want to change up my floors, but looking at your picture let me know that I'm not ready yet! I'm impressed you got the done!!


  2. Diane Balch says:

    I'm impressed that you made this not liking tuna. I loved the tomato salsa and was trying to think of something else to do with it. Will try it over pasta.


  3. Anonymous says:

    You're a good sport! That tomato salsa was delicious. I like your idea of serving it over pasta. Especially now that the cherry tomatoes are prolific.


  4. Liz Berg says:

    I'm amazed that you got this made with a new floor project in progress! And good to know that there are preserved lemons at SLT.


  5. Emily says:

    Love that you made and found it tasty, you have great sides with it! And I do love the top two pictures of the prepped ingredients!


  6. House renovations are always a challenge! We replaced all of our upstairs carpets a couple of months ago and that had me pulling my hair out. I am sure I would go crazy if my whole downstairs was out of commission!


  7. tricia s. says:

    Wow- I feel for you with the renovations. We are doing some ourselves and actually just got a kitchen sink installed after months of a kitchen renovation. I don't even have to explain that impact of how wonderful that was. Amazing what you get used to 🙂 Great job on the tuna and you had me chuckling about how you typically enjoy it when it comes from the can. Guilty as charged as well.


  8. Nana says:

    It is so difficult when you are in the middle of a project to try and cook too.Your tuna turned out well and I am happy you ended up liking it. I felt thesame way at the beginning so I only bought a small piece. We ended up loving it. Who knew?


  9. Jora says:

    I'm so impressed that you made this, given that you're in the middle of a home remodel and that you don't like tuna! I'm glad you enjoyed the dish. I hope everything's back to normal this week.


  10. Mary Hirsch says:

    Your floor looks lovely. It's hard to manage a family when the routine is all messed up. I overcooked my tuna also but it was delicious, as you said. I also served it on a bed of mashed potatoes. Do you know how long it's been since I've made mashed potatoes. Man they were good. Happy that you could do this recipe while involved in a \”project\”.


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