Marmitako

Potatoes, tomatoes and peppers didn´t arrive in the Basque Country until the XVIII century.


Before descovering America, Marmitako was made with water, fish and some kind of fat, mostly porks, and bread. This was because every member of the crew must add to the pot a piece of bread that he should take out later to it, acordding to the stories of the arrantzales.

For 4-6 people:

  • 1 kg tuna
  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 3 green peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 spoonful of chorizo pepper
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • 2 cayenne pepper
  • chopped parsley
  • for the fish soup:
  • leeks
  • 1/2 head and tuna skin
  • 1 l water
  • salt
  • 2 sprigs of parsley

For the soup, put the leeks, the parsley and the head and skind of the tuna to boil in a pot with water and a pinch of salt. It shoul be ready in 20 minutes

Chop the onion, the tomatoes, the green peppers and the garlic and fry it in a pan with a bit of oil.

When it is well poached, add the peeled and choped potatoes ans fry them for a couple of minutes

Ad the meat of the chorizo peppers and the cayenne peppers. Add the strained soup. Leave it at the heat until the potatoes are cooked. It will take about 15-20 minutes. After that, add the diced tuna. Boil it for another 3 minutes, add salt and parsley, leave it rest for 1 minutes before serving.

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