Faking Fish – Il Pesce Finto

“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.

IMG_6997 IMG_6998 Trimming …IMG_6999 Washing ….IMG_7000 IMG_7001Blanching in boiling salted water until tender …
IMG_7002IMG_7003 Mashing the potatoes …IMG_7004 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.

IMG_7005 Use your hands or a fork to mix it all together.  Sprinkle some salt and white pepper, taste until the seasoning meets your standards of satisfaction, and then give it one final mix.

IMG_7006 Avail yourself of a ring mould to shape the mixture into a round patty and place it in the middle of the plate.

IMG_7007 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.IMG_7008 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.

IMG_7009 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.IMG_7010This ‘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.

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5 Responses to Faking Fish – Il Pesce Finto

  1. Hannah says:

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious!!

  2. Karen says:

    Your fake fish may not look like a fish but it certainly looks good. I would be fishing for an invitation if I knew your were having that for dinner. 🙂

  3. – I love Karen’s comment above. It may be called fake fish… but this is one inviting dish… and I’m not much of a fish eating person.
    – Jo, I truly love to watch you cooking! 😀

  4. It looks perfectly lovely. Judging by the Google search, people certainly do get quite imaginative in decorating their pesci finti! But I really like your simple and healthy approach!

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