One canned tuna left at home and you are still wondering what to make out of it?
I don’t think there is anything more savoury other than pasties that can make up to that one canned tuna left. I simply love pasties.And the best thing about pasties is that you can design your own fillings. You can pair anything together to add into your pasties. They can also make up a very good dinner along with a good crunchy salad. In other countries they are commonly known as Empanadas and come in a much bigger size. But then pasties are normally puff pastry with any filling of your likings. Here in Mauritius they are popularly known as ”Pâtés Thon” and are among the most eaten snacks anytime during the day. They can also be bought anywhere around the island and served with a mint-coriander chutney. Fritters and other oily snacks are very much adored by our Mauritian people and they make the best street food as well. Even I can’t resist when I pass by them.
In order to make around 15 tuna pasties for 4-5 people, you will need the following ingredients :
For the dough
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 3 Big spoonful of butter – I didn’t have the unsalted cubed one so used Flora.
- 1/2 a cup of water
For the filling
- 1 cup of grated Carrots
- 1 cup of shredded Cabbage
- 1/2 cup of grated Cheese
- 1/2 cup of sweet Corn kernel
- .1/2 cup of sliced Onions
- 1 chilli finely chopped
- 1/2 cup of canned tuna
Start by making your dough first. In a big bowl add the flour followed by the butter and mix well until a grainy like structure is obtained as shown below. Then little by little combined water to the mix and knead well until the dough becomes firm. Cover and leave to rest for approx. 30 mins while you get all your vegetables prep done.
Next finely chopped all your vegetables and add the canned tuna to the mix. Salt/pepper accordingly.You might take note that all canned food already do have a certain amount of salt to it.So maybe you should check first before adding salt. I personally do not add salt as for me it is good enough. Mix everything thoroughly and leave to rest for 10 mins more so that all the flavours are well combined.
Afterwards on a flat surface, take your dough and cut into 4 equal pieces. Normally with 1 piece of the dough, you can make up to 4 pasties. So take one piece at a time and roll into a ball size and roll out on your flat surface. Then cut the roll out dough into 4 equal square pieces in order to start filling your pasties.
Take 1 tsp of the mix and fill your squared dough respectively. Then with the aid of a fork lightly sealed on both sides as shown below so that the pasties do not open and fall apart while frying in the pan.
Then after having made all the pasties, heat your pan until medium hot. One by one dip into the oil and let it fry. It will take approx. 3-4 mins on both sides and make sure to keep flipping it over from time to time to prevent them from getting burnt. Remove when golden brown and strain on a paper towel. Serve hot with chilli sauce or a good mint-coriander chutney.
Aren’t they yummy? I ate almost 5 and my siblings didn’t leave room for any either. Once on the table they just grabbed a couple at a time.Oh yes they are real foodie as well. Hopefully you liked them equally like we did and that you are going to try it too sometimes as they make good snacks to nibble on.
See you tomorrow for yet another foodlicious post!