Tunisian Fricassees 4.000

Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Aug 23, 2019

“Fricassee” means something different in many culinary languages; in Tunisia and its diaspora communities, the term refers to these satisfying sandwiches composed of tuna, boiled egg and potato, harissa and olives, served in a warmed bun. They’re great for casual lunches at home or picnics. Just be sure to bring plenty of napkins.

Make Ahead: The potato and eggs can be made up to 3 days ahead.

Where to Buy: Harissa can be found at Middle Eastern markets, grocery stores and online. Sun Lion and Les Moulins Mahjoub are the author's favorite brands for this dish.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 1 small Yukon Gold potato (3 ounces)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, or more as needed
  • 4 hot dog buns, preferably Martin’s Potato Long Rolls
  • Harissa, to taste
  • Two (5-ounce) cans tuna in oil, drained and roughly flaked
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, green olives or oil-cured black olives, pitted and halved


Bring a small saucepan of water to boil over high heat. Add the potato and boil for 17 minutes, then add the eggs and boil for an additional 8 minutes. (You may need to add more water to the pot if some has evaporated.)

While the potato and eggs are cooking, prepare an ice bath in a large bowl.

Check the potato for doneness; it should be easily pierced with a knife. Drain and transfer the potato and eggs to the ice bath until cool enough to handle.

Peel and quarter the eggs; they will still be a touch jammy in the center. Quarter the potato (the peel may come off) and thinly slice each quarter crosswise.

In a large nonstick pan over medium-low heat, warm the olive oil until shimmering. Toast the rolls on the outside, until warmed through, about 90 seconds per side, then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

To assemble the sandwiches, spread a liberal amount of harissa in each roll. To each roll, add 2 egg quarters and a few potato slices. Add the tuna and top with the olives. If you like, garnish with an additional drizzle of olive oil and/or dash of harissa.

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Luke Pyenson

Tested by Olga Massov.

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