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08
Jul
13

Tonno alla Siciliana – Sicilian Tuna


Growing up as a very fat kid in Uruguay, in an all Italian block (in the midst of the Jewish area – go figure), meant being bullied a lot; until… my mother became the best Italian cook on the block. Suddenly everybody wanted to be invited to have a taste of her home-made pasta (Pasta Fatta in Casa), her Marinara or Margherita sauces, her Pizza Quattro Stagioni or the Piadina or the fat Sfinciuni, or breads like her Pane Siciliano, or Ciabatta, or that incredible Focaccia con Cipolle. Ahhh, quelli giorni!!!

This is one of her dishes, though I will confess… not being into fish – at the time – or anything that may have resembled one, I never touched it:

Tonno alla Siciliana – Sicilian Tuna

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 tuna steaks, about 5 ounces each
  • 2 fennel bulbs, thickly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • crusty rolls, to serve

Marinade

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 4 fresh red chili peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • juice and finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Whisk all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Put the tuna steaks in a large , shallow dish and spoon over a tablespoon of the marinade, turning until well coated. Cover and let marinade in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Set aside the remaining marinade.
  2. Heat a stovetop grill pan over high heat. In a separate bowl, put the fennel and onions, add the oil and to toss to coat well. Add to grill pan and cook for 5 minutes on each side until it barely starts acquiring color. Transfer to four warmed serving plates, drizzle with the remaining marinade, keep warm.
  3. Add the tuna steaks to the grill and cook, turning once, for 5 minutes until firm to the touch but still moist inside. Transfer to the serving plates and serve immediately with crusty rolls.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

15
Mar
12

Tuna and Mango Chutney


This past Tuesday evening, I dined with some friends originally from Argentina. They are both from Buenos Aires (right across the shore from where I grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay on the River Plate). The conversation turned to past and present Latin American politics, yiddish culture and religious life. Not only was the conversation great, so were the food and wine…

We started the meal with a superb fish appetizer covered with a nice spicy and sweet chutney… She graciously emailed me the recipe and a photo this morning:

Photo by: Mrs. Lea Bronshtain

Tuna with Mango Chutney

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 lb tuna steak
  • 1/2 cup crushed corn flakes
  • 1 small dried chilli pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil.

Mango Chutney

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 6 cups mangoes (4 to 5), peeled and cut in 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cupginger, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, whole
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes (hot)

(Mrs. Bronshtain makes the chutney once a year and uses it as needed. Bottled in a disinfected jar it can keep on aging for a long, long time.)

  • 1/2 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 plum tomato diced
  • chopped cilantro for garnish

Directions

  1. In a bowl mix soy sauce, rum and orange juice. Marinate tuna in mixture in refrigerator for 3 hours while covered.
  2. In a second bowl mix corn flakes, chilli pepper, chilli powder, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper and cilantro.
  3. Remove tuna from marinade. Pat cereal mixture tightly on fish to coat on all sides.
  4. In a pan, sear fish in hot oil for 2 minutes on each side.
  5. Mix the chutney with the yellow pepper and plum tomato, top fish with this mixture. Garnish with cilantro.

Directions for Mango Chutney

  1. Combine sugar and vinegar in a 6 quart pot; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and simmer, uncovered, until syrupy and slightly thickened, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stir occasionally during cooking.
  3. Pour into clean, hot jars leaving 1/2-inch space to the top; close jars. Process in a water bath for 15 minutes.

Yields 6 (1/2 pint) jars.

We followed this appetizer with a butternut squash soup, braised short ribs, and a Café Brulé. During the meal we had a well decanted Flecha de Los Andes Gran Malbec 2006 from Argentina (of course!). It is a deep colored wine, with black plum, pepper and licorice, floral notes and a barely perceptible chocolate hint; on the palate it’s well balanced, rich with plum, espresso, pepper and licorice, and leaves you with a long finish. A truly memorable meal!

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

26
Feb
12

Sesame Seared-Tuna with Mango Jicama Salad


[Ari White, whom we interviewed on our internet radio show this past Wednesday, has graciously allowed us to re-post one of his incredibly delicious recipes. It first appeared on May 22, 2011 on Gourmet Kosher Cooking

Sesame Seared Tuna with Mango Jicama Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ahi Tuna – sushi grade
  • 1/4 cup white sesame seeds
  • Canola oil for searing
  • 2 large ripe mangoes, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium jicama, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Combine the mango, jicama and lime juice in a bowl; season with salt & pepper to taste.
  2. Pat your tuna dry and then cut the loin into 2-inch x 2-inch square segments the length of the loin (or shorter based on your pan size) for appetizer-size portions, or larger for entree portions. Season with salt and pepper and then roll the tuna in white sesame seeds coating as much of the loin as is possible.
    (Chef Andy’s note***Then wrap the tuna loins tightly in plastic wrap and freeze 3 hours – 3 weeks in advance*** When cooking only one loin this may not be entirely necessary, but when producing in mass as we do it regularly; this trick guarantees that every single loin stays perfectly pink and beautiful in the center while allowing for a flawless crust to develop on the outside… it’s idiot proof.)
  3. Heat your pan (we love cast iron skillets, but a non-stick will work as well) for a few minutes until scorching hot. Drizzle oil in the pan and sear each side for 30-45 seconds; then set aside. We like the center raw, not rare, raw which requires only the best sushi grade tuna available. (At this point you can either slice and serve your tuna, or wrap it up tightly where it will hold in a fridge for up to 36 hours. When ready to serve, slice the tuna against the grain and present over the mango & jicama salad.
  4. Garnish with a smoked garlic aioli (or a spicy mayonnaise) and top with  cilantro.

by Chef Andy Blackman and Ari White, Gemstone Catering

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

03
Jul
11

And the Runner Up Recipes Are…


We got quite a few interesting recipes and even some nice photos. On Monday past, we posted the winning recipe for our Shavous contest, now we are posting the next best ones.

2nd Runner Up

The following recipe shows that you can make something delicious even if it is easy to prepare…

Baked Blintz

(My daughter in Providence, RI, made this. It was easy to prepare and it was truly delicious! CS)

Ingredients

We usually “Healthify” it by substituting for ingredient in parenthesis. Tastes AMAZING either way.

FILLING:

  • 2 Eggs (or Egg Substitutes)
  • ½ Cup Sugar (or Splenda)
  • 1 lb Cream Cheese
  • 1 lb Cottage Cheese or Farmers Cheese

BATTER:

  • ½ cup Sugar (or Splenda)
  • 2 eggs (or Egg Substitutes)
  • 1 cup Flour (or Whole Wheat Flour)
  • ½ lb melted margarine or butter
  • Pinch Salt
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
Directions
  1. Mix Filling – Set aside
  2. Mix Batter
  3. Pour ½ Batter into greased 9” X 13” pan (preferably glass)
  4. Spread Filling over batter
  5. Pour remaining Batter over Filling
  6. Bake 1 hour at 325

Submitted by Evan Rosenhouse LMSW, TX

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1st Runner Up

Macaroni, Tuna and Cheese Casserole

Ingredients

  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 4 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 7 oz can of tuna
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3 teaspoons butter (and more for greasing)
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flower
  • 1 cups of milk
  • 2 sliced tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Photo sent in by: Giora Malinovsky

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Boil a large pan of slightly salted water. Add macaroni and return to boil. Cook for 8-10 minutes until macaroni is al dente. Drain, rinse, then drain thoroughly again.
  3. Heat olive in a skillet and cook the garlic, mushrooms and bell pepper until soft. Add the tuna and oregano, season with salt and pepper and heat through.
  4. Grease an 8 cup oven proof dish with a little butter. Add half the of the cooked macaroni, cover with tuna mixture, then add remaining macaroni.
  5. Melt butter in a pan, add the flour. Cook for 1 minute. Slowly add the milk and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Pour the sauce over the macaroni. Add the sliced tomatoes on top of the sauce, sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and cheese. Cook in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
Submitted by Giora Malinovsky, FL

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy… even if it is no longer Shavuos.

CS

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