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Best Tuna Pie for Lunch
The baked tuna cake is a delicious and simple dish to make, which consists of a mixture of tuna and stewed vegetables compacted like a cake.
This is especially consumed during the Easter celebrations.
The advantage of this recipe is that it does not require too many ingredients, so it is very economical and is very easy to prepare. Next, we will explain how to make it in a simple way.
Tuna cake ingredients
Salt and pepper to taste.
5 slices of white bread.
A cup of milk.
A cup and a half of cheese to melt (mozzarella).
2 cans of tuna.
A bell pepper or paprika.
Two cans of tuna.
Half an onion.
Two chili peppers in vinegar. (Optional).
Two cloves of garlic.
Steps for the preparation of the baked tuna cake
Note: We will divide the process into several phases to better explain each of these.
We will begin by making pieces of the bread, and we will leave it in a large bowl. Next, pour the milk over these pieces and with the help of a fork, we sink the bread so that it is well soaked.
Reserve and let the bread soak for a few minutes
Chop and prepare the dressings
Chop the peppers into small squares and reserve on a plate.
Cut the onion into small pieces and also reserve on a plate.
Chop the garlic into very fine slices and small pieces and place it on a plate to reserve it for cooking.
Cut the pickled peppers into slices and set them aside on the plate. This is optional, only if you like spicy food, otherwise, you can substitute it with sweet pepper or a little more paprika.
Place a skillet over medium high heat and add a little oil.
Wait for the oil to heat up and start adding the garlic to sauté for a few minutes until transparent.
Add the onion and sauté anyway. After a minute add the paprika and stir so that they integrate while they cook.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove another with the help of a trowel. Ideally, the dressings should be medium, so the cooking process should take approximately 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes of cooking, turn off the stove and reserve waiting for them to cool.
Preparation of the tuna cake mix
Add the contents of the eggs to a bowl and then season with a little salt.
Beat the eggs and add them to the bread moistened with milk.
Pour the contents of the previously drained tuna cans into the bowl with the eggs and bread.
Add the vegetables that we had previously cooked to the mixture with tuna, as this is what will give the tuna cake a better flavor.
Add the peppers in vinegar (if you like) and begin to mix very well to integrate them.
When you have a completely homogeneous pasta or mixture, it will be time to add the mozzarella cheese.
Mix integrating everything very well so that no part of the mixture remains without cheese.
When everything is very well integrated, reserve the bowl for cooking.
Cooking the tuna cake
Grease the mold or baking dish where you will cook the cake with butter and then sprinkle a little wheat flour all over the surface.
Preheat the oven to 190º C, with heat up and down.
Add all the tuna mixture and with the help of a spoon or fork, distribute all the mixture so that it is uniform. This is very important so that everyone cooks evenly.
Take the refractory to the oven and let it cook for an hour. It is best to let it cook in the middle area of the oven and not use the oven fan.
After an hour, remove the cake from the oven. Remember to wear oven mitts to avoid burning yourself.
Let it cool a bit for at least half an hour.
If you like, you can unmold to serve whole on a plate or simply remove the pieces or portions from the baking dish to serve. To unmold, you can use a trowel.
Serve in portions and enjoy while it's still hot.
Recommendations and tips for a perfect tuna cake
Decorate the portions of the tuna cake with parsley leaves sprinkled or arranged in the center of the portion.
If you are not a lover of spice, substitute the pickled peppers for sweet peppers or any other vegetable of your choice.
To add a little more flavor, you can add just a little rum or brandy to the vegetables while they cook and wait for it to evaporate.
Do not hesitate to use aromatic plants such as basil, parsley or coriander, as they give a better flavor to the vegetables.
Be careful not to season too much, and add only the necessary salt. To do this, you can rectify the flavor of both the vegetables and the tuna mixture. Take into account that mozzarella is also salty.
If you want the surface of the cake to be more golden and crisp, you can sprinkle a little more mozzarella cheese on the surface of the baking dish before baking.
For the step of moistening the pieces of bread in milk, you can store in the refrigerator or simply cover with a kitchen cloth and let it rest at room temperature.
The tuna cake is a delicious and ideal recipe for a unique and different lunch with family or friends.
It can be perfect for lunch during the Easter season, or to enjoy during the summer.
That is why we urge you to try to make this recipe at home and surprise your family or friends, either for lunch or dinner. Likewise, we suggest you share it on your social networks with all your friends or family who also love cooking.