Tuna-stuffed eggs

Tuna-stuffed eggs

Uova tonnate

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Serves
4-6
Photographer
Alastair Hendy

I can’t count the number of times I have surprised guests with this dish, which may be simple but holds plenty of flavour. If you are in a hurry you can buy a good mayonnaise, but it is much better (and not difficult) to make it yourself. You can do it!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
6 large eggs
150g canned tuna in oil, drained and finely chopped
12 salted capers, soaked, drained and finely chopped
1 gherkin, finely sliced, (optional)

Mayonnaise

Quantity Ingredient
2 egg yolks
salt
1 teaspoon french mustard
100ml olive oil, (not extra virgin)
1/2 lemon, juiced
pepper

Method

  1. Put the eggs in a small pan of cold water, bring to the boil and hard-boil for 15 minutes. Drain and leave to cool.
  2. To make the mayonnaise, beat the egg yolks with a pinch of salt and the mustard in a bowl until creamy. Slowly pour in a little of the olive oil, whisking constantly until amalgamated. Keep adding the oil a little at a time, whisking all the while, until the mixture has thickened and all the oil has been used. Now add the lemon juice and mix well. Taste for seasoning and cover until needed.
  3. Peel the eggs and cut in half. Remove the yolks, place in a bowl and, with a fork, reduce to a pulp. Mix this with the tuna, capers (reserving a few to use as garnish) and enough mayonnaise to be able to form balls the size of the original yolks. Place these in the holes of the halved egg whites.
  4. Arrange the eggs in bowls, cover with some more mayonnaise and serve topped with the gherkin slices and reserved caper pieces.

To de-salt capers

  • Salted capers are much better than vinegared ones (which never quite lose that vinegar flavour), but they have to be de-salted. Soak in cold water for about 15 minutes, spoon away any remaining salt and dry well.
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