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tuna rillettes

I’ll make this short and sweet. I made this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe early in the week, but didn’t have a chance to write it up before I went off to spend the week with my sister in Philadelphia.

This was a simple tuna spread that makes a great appetizer or lunch. Tuna is pureed with shallots, a bit of curry powder and some quatre-épices, then smoothed out with heavy cream. I loved the warm flavors of the spices. Packed into ramekins, it also made a nice presentation. Tuna rillettes is company-worthy so I’ll make this again when I can show it off to some guests.


I had a great visit with my sister Jennifer and her family. The main event was meeting my dad and other sister in Atlantic City for hoagies at White House Subs, a classic destination for my family. (We just eat hoagies, no gambling.)


I also enjoyed visiting the Barnes Foundation, finally seeing the collection (now in its new home) after years of never managing to get there. This is the art I love. The number of Renoirs we viewed blew me away. The unusual arrangement of paintings as ensembles that focus on themes like colors or shapes rather than specific artists or time periods is different from other museums. The paintings are accented by ironwork and furniture that completed the tableaux. Though the museum’s relocation was controversial, my sister said it was a thoughtful and respectful replication of the original space, preserving much of the experience found in the collection’s original home.

A visit with Jennifer is never complete without a movie. This trip’s selection was sweet picture called The Lunchbox. I’m not sure how to characterize it. It’s not really a romantic comedy, but it’s not as heavy as a drama either. Whatever type of movie, we both recommend it.

If you want to see what the other Doristas thought of Tuna Rillettes, check out their links here. If you want to make it yourself, the recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table.

Have a great week!


Posted on 3 May 2014, in Family, French Fridays with Dorie and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I agree – this would be perfect for a get together. I think this summer it will make an appearance with some other dips and spreads and a nice rosé. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

  2. I’m on my second batch already. its that good I guess.

  3. Sounds like a fun trip! And the perfect week for an easy recipe. Glad you like it!

  4. This makes great little gifts to bring along when you are visiting your relatives!

  5. Snap on the Penzey’s Hot Curry this week!

  6. Great job on the tuna rillettes, Betsy!
    My husband used to go to Atlantic City for work quite often, and he would always visit the White House for subs! One of our favorite places! Looks like you have a great reunion with your family! Have a wonderful week!

  7. Glad you enjoyed the time with your sister! 3 of my sisters were together over the weekend, but I had some volunteer obligations. I missed all the fun! Did Howard eat the rillettes???

  8. So glad to hear about your good visit and loved the picture of you girls with your Dad. Precious memories, always. When I was last in Philly, the Barnes was in the process of moving. I have never seen it in “toto” and I don’t care where it is located now (realizing it is controversial). I want to see it. “The Lunchbox” is coming to Aspen next week – I already have a ticket. This was a simple tuna spread but, wasn’t it good? My texture was a bit rougher than yours but I loved it. I halved the recipe and totally consumed it in two days. Betsy, I am reading, “Americanah” by Adichie. Run to the library and reserve it, get it, read it. I have read her other three novels. She is such a good writer. Trust me on this one. Read Kidd’s book, “The Invention of Wings” in three days. It’s that good.

  9. What a lovely trip! I have been in Philly quite a number of times over the last year, and didn’t know about the museum. Drat! That project is over, so likely won’t be back anytime soon, but it sounds wonderful.

    Happy that you liked the rilettes. Not my all-time favorite, but I agree with Teresa, would be good with some other things, and a nice rosé!

  10. Sounds like a great trip.

    I went to college just north of Philly and did my teaching internships down in the city. If I were ever to give up my “country ways”, that would be my first choice.

    I really liked this one too – I need to remember it for future entertaining.

  11. Helyn Benjamin

    Hi. Nice pic of family. Using up your matzo for tuna rillettes? At Sheryl’s . Thank you for Mother’s Day card. I always shut the beaters off first to avoid visits to the er. Miss you. Love to all. Xxxxx

    Sent from my iPad


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