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Bonito Tuna Balls in Tomato Sauce

Total Time 1hr 05 mins
Serves 4 people
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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1hr 05 mins

This is my grandma Veri’s recipe and my all-time favourite dish when I was a kid. If there is a dish that got me into food, this is the one. At the tender age of 6, I ate 12 of these delicious tuna fish balls in one go. Although is a Basque recipe, it is not widely known at all. I know that it comes from El Regato area of Barakaldo where my grandma grew up. I guess this is a dish that she learnt from her mother and then prepared it for her family. If you cannot get hold of bonito tuna, just use fresh red tuna. The secret is not to boil the sauce when cooking the tuna balls or they will dry up. Add a freshly roasted red pepper to the tomato sauce to enhance the colour and flavour.

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Javier De La Hormaza

Javier is a Basque born, trained chef and hospitality professional, owner of Basco Fine Foods, a Spanish food and drink importer based in Yorkshire. He regularly runs client food and drink events around the country and he is a course tutor at Hartingtons of Bakewell cookery school. Javier’s passion lies on bringing quality Spanish ingredients and recipes to as many people as possible.

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