27 July 2012

Eatin' at the bar

The bars in Milan have this really excellent tradition of serving free food during happy hour, generally from 6-8pm, EVERY NIGHT of the week.  It's not guaranteed, but it is very likely that you can nurse a drink during this time and turn it into a full meal, all for the price of that one cocktail.  I like free stuff, and I like food, so I was eager to participate in this tradition.  One Sunday, I went to the Rick Steves-approved Bar Brera in the snooty art school neighborhood and got some pretty unfriendly service, but was paid in kind with a generous buffet of salads, meats, olives, cheeses, and of course, tons of white bread.  It really was a lovely spread, and for the price of a glass of Prosecco, I pigged out like a ten-year-old at Bonanza.  The deviled eggs were a sight right out of a Midwestern potluck until I bit into one--it was like a meal in two bites.  I think this is what I ate...

Eggs stuffed with tuna

Serves 4

4 hard-cooked eggs, cooled, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
1 can tuna packed in olive oil, drained
1 oz. capers
8 olives, pitted
½ teaspoon tomato paste
Salt and black pepper to taste

In a mixing bowl, place the tuna, capers, and tomato paste.  Carefully remove the yolks from the eggs and add them to the mixture; combine thoroughly with a fork.  Add mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste, then place equal amounts in each egg cavity.  Place one olive on top of each stuffed egg and serve.

Bar Brera in Milan