Tuna and Potato Casserole

May is the month of birthdays in my family! Last week it was my special day, this past weekend my brother celebrated his and today would have been my Avo's. She was one incredibly special person. M and I wanted to do something to mark her day and decided what better way than over a warm meal! I absolutely loved and will forever cherish all of the amazing memories I was very lucky to have with her and most of the time I can't believe she's not here anymore.  So many of those great memories revolve around loud, delicious family dinners so this was only appropriate!

We opted for something traditional and quintessentially Avo. Tuna & Batatas! *aka Tuna & Potatoes. M first tried his hand at Portuguese with the word "batatas" and although it took a few years to convince him to try this dish, it's one of his favorites now (& he really loves to say "batatas")!

As usual, there's barely any mess or clean up and all of the ingredients are commonly found in the pantry or fridge.  It can be served either warm or cold and it's great for dinner or in a container for lunch! Below I'm adding two versions of the recipe. The simple one is the one preferred by my siblings and I while the other is the traditional way my grandparents, Mom and now M prefer it.

Tuna and Batatas (Traditional)
5 potatoes, peeled and boiled
2 cans of tuna
1/2- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped or 1 1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 onion, diced
1 hard boiled egg
Dash of salt to taste
Peel and boil five potatoes
Once completely soft and boiled, drain the water from the pot.
Using a fork, break down the potatoes to small - medium size pieces, in the same pot you used to boil
Open and drain the cans of tuna and add them to the pot
 Mix the tuna so that it is completely combined
Add the diced onion and parsley, continue to mix with fork until combined
Add a dash of salt, to taste
Fold in the mayonnaise
Transfer mixture to a casserole dish
Slice the hard boiled egg and arrange the slices around the perimeter of the dish

For the Simplified version, simply remove the parsley, onion and egg!



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