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Pati Jinich Tuna Minilla Casserole

Tuna Minilla CasseroleCazuela de Minilla de Atún

Serves: 8 to 10

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1/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup chopped white onion

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes (about 6 Roma tomatoes), chopped

2 7-ounce cans tuna, drained and shredded

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste

1/4 cup roughly chopped raisins

1/4 cup roughly chopped manzanilla olives stuffed with pimientos

1/4 cup seeded and roughly chopped pickled jalapeño chiles, store-bought or make your own

1 tablespoon capers

3 tablespoons chopped Italian or flat-leaf parsley

1 1.2-pound package frozen puff pastry, thawed, or homemade puff pastry

All-purpose flour, for rolling out the puff pastry

1 egg (optional)

2 tablespoons water (optional)

To Prepare

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Once hot, but not smoking, stir in the onion and cook until it is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, stir, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and cook, stirring often, until completely cooked, softened and mashed-up and pasty looking, about 15 minutes.

Toss in the tuna, and with a spatula or wooden spoon, mix it well with the tomato mixture, making sure there are no big chunks. Add the bay leaves, brown sugar, oregano, thyme, salt and mix well. Add the raisins, olives, pickled jalapenos, capers, fresh parsley and mix well. Cover the skillet and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook for about 10 minutes, the mixture should be very moist but not watery. Taste for salt and add more if needed. Remove the bay leaves and set aside.

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Lightly flour a rolling pin and roll out 1 thawed sheet of pastry about 1/8-inch thick to line the bottom and sides of a round baking dish (you may wish to add a pastry sheet in the bottom and top of the casserole, or only on the top!). Add the tuna filling to the puff pastry lined baking dish, using a rubber spatula to evenly spread the filling. Roll out another thawed sheet of pastry and use to cover the tuna filling – pinching the edges of the 2 sheets of pastry together to seal.

Optional: In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg along with the water. Brush the top of the casserole with the egg wash.

Cut 4 to 5 vents on the top. Place the casserole in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, until crisp, puffed up and golden brown.



Will this fit in a deep dish pie plate, or should it be a round casserole dish? Am I supposed to cut the puff pastry to a round shape?

Love your food Pati & you’re a delite to watch.
thank you!

Thanks Pat! Yes it would fit in a deep dish pie! It can be any shape you want, just leave enough dough to go a bit over the rim, for a nice crust.

When I was watching the episode, I thought Pati said to bake this for 20 minutes at 425F. Here, however, it says 25 to 30 minutes at 350F. Did I hear wrong? Will it work just as well to bake it a little faster at the higher temperature? Thanks.

Hola Julie, Thanks for your message! 425 F for about 20 min. 😉

Gracias, Pati!!

Can I use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil?

Yum, yes!

The tuna minilla casserole is my families favorite!!!! Thank you Pati, you are amazing :) I love watching your show on monday.

Do you know the name of the Le Creuset pan this dish was cooked in? I see both a 2 quart and a 3 quart tarte tatin dish on the Le Creuset website, but the dimensions of both seem smaller than the one used in this episode.

Any ideas?


Hola Matt, It’s the 2 quart tarte tatin dish.

Hola, Pati – Me gusto mucho su programma. What port city did You say that Cazuela de Minilla de Atún originated in? Muchas Gracias!

Veracruz! Muchas gracias por ver mi programa, Gus.

Si, de nada, mi Amiga, es un placer.

If I make this ahead, would you recommend adding the pastry at the last minute before it is baked? Will it get soggy if I put a bottom layer of pasty in ahead?

Love your enthusiam and cookbook. My husband calls Alisa pound cake 2 pound cake because it comes out so moist and delicious!

Thanks, Sabrina G.

Hi Sabrina, Thank you so much for getting my cookbook! I like to have the oven preheated before I assemble the casserole with the filling and the dough, so I can just pop it right in. The dough shouldn’t get soggy if you put some on the bottom.

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