Artichoke and Smoked Tuna Tart Recipe

Tarte à l'Artichaut et au Thon Fumé

[Artichoke and Smoked Tuna Tart]

…and here is the tart I made with Pascale’s pâte brisée!

Slices of artichoke hearts and strips of smoked tuna, on a bed of roquette leaves and a smooth layer of mascarpone cheese. The artichoke’s tender sweetness, hand in hand with the salty strength of the tuna — I cannot recommend the pairing enough.

I found the smoked tuna in the smoked salmon aisle at my grocery store (“oh wow, smoked tuna!”, she exclaimed to herself), and I used frozen artichoke hearts bought at Picard, the all-popular French frozen foods store.

And of course, if you’re not too horribly pressed for time, a homemade crust is a must (and she rhymes!).

Tarte à l’Artichaut et au Thon Fumé

– 6 artichoke hearts — fresh, frozen or jarred
– 120 g smoked tuna
– 4 handfuls of rucola (a.k.a. arugula, rocket, roquette)
– 3 Tbsp mascarpone
– 1 egg
– salt, pepper
– one pâte brisée (short crust pastry)

Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F). Roll out the dough and fit it into a (greased or nonstick) 22-cm (10-inch) tart pan, and par-bake the dough (refer to the pâte brisée recipe for more instructions).

If the artichoke hearts you are using are raw, boil them for six to eight minutes in salted water until tender. If they are jarred, simply drain them.

Rinse and dry the rucola. Cut the artichoke hearts in slices, the tuna in strips, and set aside. In a medium mixing-bowl, beat together the eggs and the mascarpone until combined and smooth.

Spread the mascarpone mixture over the bottom of the tart shell. Sprinkle with pepper. You can sprinkle a little salt if you like, keeping in mind that the tuna is already salted. Arrange a layer of rucola leaves, and top with the artichoke and tuna, in a pretty pattern if you can (and if you care).

Bake for about twenty minutes, or until the sides of the crust are golden and the filling has set slightly (it’s not meant to be solid). The tart can be made ahead and reheated for ten minutes before serving. Serve with an arugula salad dressed with a tangy vinaigrette.

  • I’m pleased to see that ingredients like ricotta,mascarpone,rucola, normally belonging to typical italian cuisine, have always their place in your recipes: is it the mandolina’s influence? ;-)

  • This looks and sounds delicious! :)

  • Kirsten

    Clotilde, the tarts I’ve done always have eggs in them and am very curious with your charming recipe. Does the filling set? It is unfortunate that where I live smoked tuna and artichokes are hard to fine. Would it be possible for you to describe further the taste/texture. -K

  • Alisa

    the smoked tuna is intriguing – I think that I will try making this myself. Thanks!

  • Ashley

    I just made this and it is as delicious as I’d hoped. My first attempt at pate brisee–so easy! Thanks, Clotilde!

  • John

    I substituted spinach leaves for the rucola because rucola is hard to find in France. The result was good.

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