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Pasta Niçoise made with tuna confit?

ipsedixit Sep 27, 2013 08:50 PM

Can this be found in LA?

Doesn't really matter the type of pasta (spaghetti, penne, etc.), but it has to have tuna confit.

Any leads?

  1. barryc Sep 28, 2013 12:25 PM

    this request confuses me from 3-4 different directions. the french really don't consider anything other than duck & goose real confits; probably it's about the use of its own rendered fat in the preparation & storage of the meat in question.also, for nicoise, the french also typically use canned tuna, which is albacore; a fish so lean even the japanese sear it tataki style to give it flavor (and make it easier to slice uniformly). there's no way you could render enough fat from a school of albacore to do a confit. i guess you'd have to go with olive oil (which is actually great for poaching certain types of fish). finally, it's the canned tuna texture and taste that are part of the traditional nicoise treatment, which would be very different from the velvety texture i'd expect from a confit of something like albacore. ultimately, this comes across as an attempt of fusion, but completely within french cuisine/cooking. really?

    6 Replies
    1. re: barryc
      bulavinaka Sep 28, 2013 01:11 PM

      Gjelina Take Away does a really good tuna confit that is poached in olive oil. But it's in a sandwich.

      1. re: barryc
        ipsedixit Sep 28, 2013 04:30 PM

        Yes, really.

        If you've ever been to Lafayette in NYC, try this dish, and you'll understand why I am seeking it here on the left coast.

        Sometimes one does not have to understand to enjoy.

        1. re: barryc
          paulj Sep 29, 2013 12:49 PM


          This tuna confit is tuna slow poached in olive oil. "Tuna confit is like the best imported canned tuna you ever ate, only better."

          1. re: paulj
            barryc Sep 29, 2013 02:39 PM

            if i'm going to taken to task for describing XLB semantically as a dumpling, i've been to france and studied french cooking and the french would not call this a confit. it's just tuna poached in oil.

            1. re: barryc
              paulj Sep 29, 2013 02:52 PM

              Looking up 'thon (en) confit' I find




              1. re: barryc
                Porthos Sep 29, 2013 02:55 PM

                What about vegetable confit?


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            rainey Sep 29, 2013 03:15 PM

            The LA Times ran this a few years ago: http://www.latimes.com/features/la-fo... I've been poaching my own tuna ever since cause it's so easy and really worth any effort at all. You can also do salmon and I suppose any other fish that interested you.

            I save the olive oil that does take on a slight taste of fish and use it for salad dressings that I would otherwise add anchovy paste to.

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