“Pesce finto”, that translates into English as “fake fish”, is the kind of recipe our grandmothers would have resorted to, the uber home/comfort food that children would enjoy on a visual level too. Basically, it is made up of mashed potatoes and tuna mixed together and shaped to look like a fish. The fins can be made out of gherkins and the eye can be a slice of carrot. If you google “pesce finto” you will find lots of variations.
I don’t know what prompted me to want to create a variation of my own but such are the mysteries of the muses that roam about in the kitchen. I wanted to insert some “green” into the picture.
Trimming … Washing …. Blanching in boiling salted water until tender …
Mashing the potatoes … Time to start putting the dish together. There is tuna drained of its olive oil on the left and mashed potatoes dotted with capers on the right.
What you see on the left is some burrata. On the plate, I have topped the potato and tuna patty with the blanched greens first … and then I have drizzled some olive oil both on top of the greens and around the patty. I then added some burrata and placed a few olives on the very top. The olives were coated in their own oil so I added only a tiny drizzle of olive oil on top of the burrata.
Here is a side view … It is meant to be eaten at room temperature and it is perfect for a Spring or warm weather meal.This ‘fake fish’ is so ‘fake’ that it doesn’t even look like a fish – ha ha ha ha! But if, like me, you like it … you are certain to enjoy the addition of the burrata.