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    Recipe for tuna pate

    Sheryl Julian/Globe Staff

    Serves 4

    One of the all-time easiest and most delicious spreads, this tuna pate, made with a can of the fish, butter, cayenne, and capers whirred in a food processor, comes together in minutes but should be left in the fridge to mellow for a couple of hours.

    1can (7½ to 8 ounces) tuna in oil, drained
    ½cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    Pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
    Salt, to taste
    1tablespoon capers, drained
    Extra capers (to garnish)

    1. Have on hand a 1½-cup bowl.

    2. In a food processor, combine the tuna and butter. Work the mixture until it is smooth. Add the cayenne and taste for seasoning. Add more cayenne and salt, if you like.

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    3. Sprinkle the capers over the mixture and pulse briefly just to mix them in. Pack the tuna into the bowl and garnish with extra capers. Serve with crackers.

    Sheryl Julian