If you’re Maltese or have visited Malta, it’s very likely that you would have tried the Maltese Tuna Ftira – a sandwich consisting of Maltese bread called Ftira, filled with all things Mediterranean. During my visits home to Malta, I always fit one in.
Now back in London, I was hoping to make myself another one just because it takes me back to my holiday mood. Most ingredients I could source pretty much anywhere, but one thing was certain – I wasn’t going to find any Maltese bread or Ftira. My mum solved that problem for me, by insisting on me packing a loaf on my way back.
Well, it wasn’t a bad idea at all, because the bread seems to be made for the filling, which needs to slightly soak into the bread. You also don’t want a loaf too thick, otherwise, it will be spilling out at your first bite and all you’ll taste is bread.
Another ingredient which I had to replace is kunserva, a tomato paste that is sweeter than the versions you find in the UK. I find it does make a difference to the overall flavour but you’re not going to radically change the flavour if you don’t have it.
Lastly, I like many others, like to add ġbejna – a variety of goat’s cheese we produce on the islands. This is also not something you can source in the UK but you can probably get away with a crumbly goat’s cheese or feta if you will.
Makes: 4 sandwiches
Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 10 minutes
*I N G R E D I E N T S*
- 2 cans of tuna
- 3 tablespoons capers
- 2 tablespoons sliced green olives
- a handful of shredded mint
- 4 sliced salad onions
- 200g of goats cheese
- 1 can cannellini beans
- 1/2 can corn
- 3 large tomatoes chopped
- 1/2 gem lettuce
*M E T H O D*
- Mix the tuna, olives, capers, salad onions, tomatoes, mint, cheese, cannellini beans and seasons with pepper.
- Slice your loaf in half and spread tomato paste generously. Add a drizzle of oil and continue to spread.
- Spread the mixture on one side of the bread and top with some lettuce.