When I was young, tuyo was preserved by being salted and then dried under the sun. We would dip it in vinegar with chopped garlic and use it as viand for rice, especially in the morning.
It was good eats, except that to cook it, it was fried and the smell it exuded was… let’s just say the whole neighborhood definitely knew someone was eating tuyo.
Since then I’ve learned that the English name for tuyo is herring. And these days, it is available as gourmet food, preserved in olive oil. It was ready straight from the bottle, which I definitely liked! No more telling smell!!!
Recently though, I discovered that the gourmet bottled tuyo could be made into gourmet pasta! And it was so easy!
I first saw the recipe by Jamie Oliver (which is easy enough as it is) and I actually made it his way once before, using the dried tuyo. But a friend told me of an easier way!
Basically, 1 bottle of tuyo in olive oil is good for 500grams of spaghetti. Saute garlic in some olive oil; then throw in some chopped tomatoes, a handful of chopped . Dump the contents of the whole bottle into the pan and when heated through, add the cooked pasta.
Squeeze some lemon juice over the top just before serving!