Living in Italian: Sicilian Tuna Avocado Boats

August 2, 2018

Sicilian tuna is world renowned given Sicily's long history & relationship with the sea. Sicilian fisherman pack the tuna in extra virgin olive oil and pair it with pane cassata "bread dried by the sun." Sicilian tuna is very different from the tuna we are familiar with in the US. During the months of May and June, the peak months yielding tuna, most if not all meals in Sicily are comprised of tuna. 

 

During the spring, tuna migrate through the Mediterranean Sea, towards the coast of Sicily. The tuna is traditionally caught by drift netting. Due to the brutality of its nature, the Italians settled with a formal name of "Mattanza" which indicates carnage of the tuna. Very dramatic, very Italian. The other ingredients like mint and roasted peepers sott olio, "marinated in olive oil" are traditional flavors of that region. These Sicilian tuna filled avocado boats are great appetizers for your next cocktail or dinner party! 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Avocado

  • High grade Sicilian tuna

  • Roasted red peppers

  • Mint

  • Lemon juice

  • Red pepper flakes

     

Preparation:

  • Start by placing tuna, roasted red pepper, mint, and red pepper flakes in a bowl and mix together

  • Add lemon juice to avocado to prevent browning

  • Spoon tuna mixture into the avocado bowl

  • Garnish with mint

  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition RX:

  • Tuna: a lean protein, packed with heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce bad cholesterol and has anti-inflammatory effects on the body

  • Avocado: loaded with fiber which can help stabilize blood sugars and promote digestive health. It also contains electrolytes magnesium and potassium, and the omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation and aging of the body.

  • Lemon: contains vitamin C, important for building collagen to give you glowing skin and helps boost your immune system

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