Cooking with Tinned Fish

Tuna aioli, bacon and avocado pitta

snack/starter serves 4

olive oil
250g/9oz cherry tomatoes, halved 100g/3-oz bacon

4 pitta breads
2 ripe avocados
1 lemon
6 garlic cloves
4 slices of bread, crusts removed, then toasted

8 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tins of tuna in water (100g/3-oz drained weight per tin), drained
1 spring onion, chopped coarse sea salt and freshly ground white and black pepper


Heat a dash of oil and fry the tomatoes over a medium-high heat for a couple of minutes.

Remove from the pan, sprinkle with salt and white pepper and set aside.

Heat a frying pan and fry the bacon until crispy. Leave to drain on kitchen paper.

Lightly toast the pitta bread in a toaster or under the grill, then split in half horizontally.

Halve the avocados and remove the stones. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon, cut into slices and drizzle with lemon juice.

Using a pestle and mortar, crush the garlic cloves, sea salt, white pepper, 1 tbsp olive oil and a piece of toasted bread. Fold in the mayonnaise.

Purée the tuna in a food processor or with a stick blender.

Mix the garlic mayonnaise with the tuna.

Spread the tuna aioli on the inside of one half of the pittas, then top with the bacon, tomato and avocado. Sprinkle with spring onions and finish with some freshly ground black pepper.

Top with the other half of the pitta breads.

The featured recipe is from Cooking with Tinned Fish by Bart Van Olphen

Other Articles

Welcome home

Step inside HOME and meet Hasan Semay, aka Big Has, in this short extract from his debut cookbook. ‘When writing this book, I wanted the whole thing to feel personal, not just for me, but also for you guys as the readers. I don’t… Read More

RECIPE: The Vegan Baking Bible: Brownie Cookies

Next month we’re publishing The Vegan Baking Bible by Karolina Tegelaar, and to celebrate here is a lovely recipe from the book for delicious Brownie Cookies! BROWNIE COOKIES Chocolate cookies, fudge cookies or brownie cookies (‘brookies’), are classic American cookies that are traditionally made from… Read More

Lord’s Cricket ground: Eton vs Harrow

Brian Levison’s Cricket Grounds Then and Now offers a historic and nostalgic insight into the pasts of some of the most iconic cricket grounds around the world, paired with their modern-day equivalent in a Then & Now format, and this extract takes a look at the amazing… Read More