Basque Country: Marmitako

Basque Country | June 19, 2015 | By

Here’s an unusual dish that’s a traditional Basque fisherman’s recipe. It was originally made while on a fishing boat, so besides the fish, there are relatively few ingredients and they don’t spoil easily. It’s basically a soup made with a couple of potatoes, onions, peppers and garlic, then big chunks of tuna are added at the end. We usually have tuna seared or even raw, so poaching it in the soup was new to us. Another trick we learned from this recipe was about breaking potatoes rather than slicing them cleanly. Apparently the soup becomes thicker because more starch is released this way. Overall a simple and tasty dish. 

Here’s the recipe we followed.

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