Broccoli & Anchovy Orecchiette


Ingredients

2 large heads of broccoli, 2 large cloves of garlic, 8 Sole Mare Anchovy Fillets in Olive Oil, 4 good knobs of butter, 2-4 small dried red chillies , to taste, 450 g dried orecchiette, Parmesan cheese

Method

1. Using a small knife, trim round the broccoli to remove the dark green florets from the main stalks and put them to one side. Peel the stalks, trim off the dry end and throw this away. Peel and chop the garlic.
2. Finely chop the broccoli stalk and put into a large pan with the garlic, anchovies and half the butter. Crumble in the chilli, cover with a lid and cook slowly for 8 to 10 minutes while you cook the pasta in boiling salted water according to the packet instructions.
3. Cook the broccoli florets with the pasta for the last 4 minutes – this makes them soft enough to eat but leaves them with great colour and texture.
4. Drain the pasta and broccoli, saving a little of the cooking water, then toss into the other pan. Remove the pan from the heat.
5. Season to taste with sea salt, black pepper, the rest of the butter and finely grate in a large handful of Parmesan. Mix well, adding a little of the cooking water, to loosen, if needed, and make it shine.
6. Serve immediately, sprinkling with another good handful of finely grated Parmesan.

Tuna Empanadas


Ingredients

3 sheets (25 x 25cm) frozen ready-rolled shortcrust pastry, just thawed, 425g Sole Mare Tuna of your choice, drained, 1 cup tinned or fresh diced tomatoes, 1 small red onion, diced, 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped, 1 small red capsicum, halved, deseeded, finely chopped, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 14 green or black olives, pitted and chopped, 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley, 2 tablespoons tomato paste, 2 teaspoons sweet paprika, Salt and pepper, to taste, 1 egg

Method

• Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, capsicum and garlic, and cook, stirring often, for 7-8 minutes or until soft.
• Add the paprika, tomato, tomato paste, olives and tuna and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until well combined and any liquid is absorbed.
• Add parsley and season to taste. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. Set aside for 1 hour to cool.
• Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush a baking tray with oil line with baking paper. Combine the egg yolk and water in a small bowl.
• Use a round 11.5cm round cutter to cut 12 discs from the pastry. Lightly brush the edges of the pastry discs with the egg yolk mixture.
• Place 1 heaped tablespoonful of the mixture on half of each pastry disc. Fold in half to enclose the filling. Press the edges with a fork to seal. Place on the prepared baking tray.
• Lightly brush the tops of the empanadas with egg yolk mixture. Use a skewer to prick each empanada several times. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Set aside to cool slightly. Serve.

Pesto Tuna Cakes


Ingredients

500g Desiree potatoes, peeled and chopped, 425g Sole Mare Tuna of your choice, drained, 2 spring onions, finely sliced, 3 tablespoons of basil pesto, One egg, whisked, 1 cup fine polenta, Olive oil for frying, Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

• Boil or steam potatoes until they are soft and cooked
• Drain potatoes and allow them to dry and cool
• Place potatoes into a bowl, season to taste and mash
• Add tuna, pesto, onion and egg to the potato and mix until well combined
• Divide mixture into 12 portions and shape them into patties
• Roll in polenta to lightly coat
• If you have time, place them on tray into the fridge to chill
• Fry in batches with small amount of oil in a medium heat frypan until golden brown
• Serve with lemon wedges

Tuna, Ricotta & Lemon Bruschetta


Ingredients

95g Sole Mare Tuna of your choice, 3 teaspoons ricotta, Pinch of lemon zest, Salt and pepper, to taste, 2 slices of bread, toasted

Method

• Open tuna and drain oil or springwater (optional)
• Place ricotta and tuna on hot bread
• Sprinkle with lemon zest, basil and season to taste