I love Italian canned tuna packed in olive oil. In fact, I love it so much, my pantry is never without at least 5 – 6 cans. I use it in salads, in pastas, even added to a red sauce. But as with anything, once fried, it tastes even better!
Now, I recognize that this recipe may sound a bit strange and very unique, but trust me when I say, these are addictive. Hot and right out of the oil, with just a sprinkle of salt on them is the best way to enjoy them. These are great as appetizers, or they go perfectly as snack food, such as game day munchies. This is essentially a meatball, with the exception that we’re using canned tuna instead of ground meat. The key, as with any recipe really, is making sure you use high quality ingredients. You will want to use tuna packed in oil for this, and not the watery one. The parmesan should be freshly grated and not the one you find in the green can on grocery shelfs! In fact, that shouldn’t be in your kitchen to begin with. Next is the breadcrumbs. I get mines at a local Italian bakery. You could also make your own by drying out some bread in an oven that’s turned off, then grind in the food processor. Like the parmesan in the “tube,” breadcrumbs that have been sitting on store shelfs in cardboard containers just can’t compete with fresh ones.
Next, I can’t stress enough the importance of the Italian bread needed for soaking. You don’t want to use anything that’s super soft, like American bread, and nothing super crusty, like a French baguette. Try to find a good quality Italian sliced bread, like a round bread typically found in Italian bakeries.
Arm yourself with great ingredients, and you will not be disappointed.
Allow tuna to drip for a bit in a colander.
Parsley and garlic add so much flavor to these, don't skimp!
Don't forget the freshly grated Parmeggiano cheese. Can never have too much!
Add the tuna, and it's time to get your hands in the mixture!
Shape them up into little football shaped domes!
Ready for the fryer!
3 – 4 slices Italian bread
3 (5 – 5.5 oz) Italian tuna packed in olive oil, drained
½ cup bakery-style breadcrumbs
½ - ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 – 4 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 – 3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
Vegetable oil for frying
How delicious to these look??
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