By Teresa Barrenechea
One hundred thirty subtle and homey recipes from the Basque sector of Spain.
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Drain them on layers of paper towels. Serve the fish sizzling. * * * Fishing for Tuna at the excessive Seas a person who has fished for albacore tuna, or bonito, as we Basques name it, will agree that this can be an exciting experience—providing the elements is nice. throughout the summer time, my neighbors and that i may trigger to fish for tuna at 4 within the morning in order that we'd be a long way sufficient out at the waters through sunrise to discover the universities of incredible jumping fish. Basques name bonito "vagabonds of the seas" simply because every year they commute nice distances: within the spring they shape colleges within the Gulf of Biscay, and in summer season they arrive in the direction of shore. In fall and wintry weather, they swim in a ways deeper waters. it is a wonderful spectacle whilst the silver-blue fish jump from the froth they bring as they slap the outside of the water, chasing faculties of smaller fish and relocating like quicksilver during the waves. From above the blue water, sea birds additionally assault the smaller fish. the complete scene is one among nature's strongest ballets. * * * Tuna Steaks with Caramelized Onion • ATÚN O BONITO ENCEBOLLADO • Serves four through the years, the Basques have built a few methods of getting ready the plentiful bonito, or albacore tuna, in our waters. this is often one among my favorites. four tuna steaks, approximately eight oz. every one (see be aware) Salt ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil three medium onions, sliced skinny 1 eco-friendly bell pepper, reduce into skinny strips 2 tablespoons brandy Sprinkle each side of the tuna steaks with salt, and set them apart. In a wide skillet, warmth ½ cup of the oil over medium-high warmth. upload the onions and pepper, and sauté them for roughly five mins. lessen the warmth, and cook dinner them over medium-low warmth for roughly 20 mins, till the onions are very tender. upload the brandy, and combine good. get rid of the pan from the warmth. In one other skillet, warmth the remainder 2 tablespoons olive oil over excessive warmth. upload the tuna steaks, and sear them for roughly 1 minute on both sides. move the tuna to the skillet with the greens, and prepare dinner, exposed, over medium-low warmth for five mins (for medium-rare fish) or longer, until eventually the tuna is finished on your liking. Spoon the onions and pepper over the steaks, and serve. observe: Bonito, or albacore tuna, shouldn't be harassed with American bonito, a distinct, darker-fleshed species that can not be legally categorized as tuna. Tuna Breast with Vegetable Stew • VENTRESCA DE ATÚN CON PISTO • Serves four in case you are vacationing the Basque nation through the summer time, you possibly might be served albacore tuna, which we name bonito. it's a long way smaller than different tuna, and its breast is mainly juicy and engaging. within the usa, this selection half is usually known as the stomach instead of the breast, yet whatever the moniker it really is challenging to discover (most albacore breast is bought to the japanese for sashimi and sushi). This dish is excellent with different tuna, too, even though they're red-fleshed instead of white, as is albacore. i admire to serve this with Vegetable Stew ([>]) or different greens.