At home, Kirsten and I look forward to dinners that may not be complete. We went to Trader Joes and picked out pot stickers and quiches and dare I say it - cheesecakes - to make at will. But when my guys returned from the bike ride, I wanted something a little special waiting for them.
Bouchons au thon - straight from Molly Wizenberg's A Homemade Life.
They're like mini tuna quiches. Molly Wizenberg calls them "a taste of France." They certainly were "a taste of things to come." It was waiting for them and the guys I live with are always most appreciative. Have you noticed how much fun it is to cook for appreciative people?
Just as a small pearl of a mozzarella ball with basil and and a cherry tomato sighs, "bring me to Italy,"
... this recipe will bring you to France.
BOUCHONS AU THON
One 6-oz can of tuna packed in water, drained well
1 cup lightly packed shredded Gruyere
1/3 cup creme fraiche
3 T tomato paste
3 large eggs
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 T Italian Parsley (I knew I would find something Italian in this)
1/4 t salt
Set over rack in middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 8 cups of standard muffin tin and set aside.
Put tuna in medium bowl and use a fork and mash it to break into small pieces. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. It should be orangey-pink.
Divide mixture evenly among 8 muffin cups. Bake 20-25 minutes until the bouchons look set on top and around the edges. Transfer to rack and cool for 5 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge and remove bouchons from tin. They may collapse a bit. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Eat. Visit Paris or Aix-en-Provence. Celebrate a bike ride or an accomplishment. Savor. It's a grand way to reward those coming home from a chairty bike ride.