Entree - Gluten and lactose free
Vitello tonnato is a typical summer dish made with veal tenderloin; I never use veal (and I never used it Italy, also) because pork loin is as tender, but more flavorful and cheaper! In the video I mention capers packed in OIL, but the recipe calls for capers packed in SALT: sorry for the mistake. The original version is actually made with veal tenderloin & hard boiled eggs, NO mayo. You blend the tuna, capers, anchovy paste and yolks with the cooking juices to create the the tuna cream.
1 pork loin, in a single piece
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 5oz-can Italian tuna in olive oil and drained
1 tbsp Sicilian capers, packed in salt and rinsed
1 tbsp Italian anchovy paste
Tie meat with butcher's string in order to retain its shape.
In a deep saucepan with lid (barely bigger than the meat piece), over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil and brown all sides of your meat. Add broth, cover with lid, lower heat to minimum and simmer for at least 1 hour; a longer cooking at low temperature will have a tender meat as result. Lightly season with salt, carefully because of the other ingredients.
Once meat is cooked, let it cool down into the cooking juice.
Prepare the tuna sauce.
In a food processor combine tuna, capers, anchovy paste and mayonnaise. Blend until you obtain a smooth cream. You shouldn't need salt in this sauce, due to tuna, capers and anchovies. I used an immersion blender, actually, that works perfectly.
Thinly slice meat, not thicker than 1/8", and arrange slices on a serving platter, slightly overlapping them.
Cover with tuna sauce.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, covered with plastic wrap; this way, the meat will absorb the tuna sauce flavor.
Serve with a fresh green salad.
- It's very important that your ingredients are top quality!
- You can actually prepare it the day before: it will be even tastier.
- You can use anchovy fillets instead of the paste. Not everyone likes them, because they tend to remain a little "sandy" compared to the paste.
- You can use a mix of mayo and plain yogurt for a lighter sauce, or plain yogurt and hard boiled egg yolks.
- You can cook the pork loin in milk, instead of broth, adding some sage and rosemary.
- It's lactose free and gluten free.
- You can find the video of this recipe here.