Aaah la cocotte-minute! a ustensil, no French home would do without. I got mine when I was 17 and contemplating breaking out from the "parental siege." What am I talking about? a pressure cooker of course.
If you have spent some time in France, you will recall the strange noises emanating from flats and houses around midday, a soft, pffffffff pfffffff followed by a plume of steam on balconies that is a sure sign that somebody is using the pressure cooker and that that a French classic is about to delight a few people.
With each pressure cooker comes a book of "300 recettes", including good solid dishes. Many are "en matelote": cooked in red wine. My well battered book even contains offal recipes and a few Exotic dishes such as Pork Curry.
The introduction is worth its pinch of salt, "Now days, the good-housewives are trying to reconcile the stresses of modern life with the traditional cooking. Dishes which make our strength, not only ours but that of generations of gourmets....".
And when I needed a reliable recipe for tuna steaks and Fish is the Dish Happy Healthy Hearth week 2, I picked up my battered book and my cocotte and as a result served very moist tuna-steaks on a bed of steamed vegetables.
Thon en Cocotte
You will need:
Ingredients for 4 people
4 Tuna steaks
50 g of butter or oil
2 gloves of garlic
Thyme and bay
1 slice of bacon per steak
1 glass of white wine (250ml)
1/2 mug of bread crumbs
salt and pepper
Make a marinade with 1 glass of oil and herbs (thyme and bay)
Soak the steaks in overnight
When you are ready to cook, wrap the bacon around the tuna.
Pan-fry in the pressure cooker with oil or butter, add the garlic and onion, cook for a couple of minutes,
Add the wine, close the cooker and let the dish cook for 30 minutes