Sunday, March 25, 2007

What's Cookin? Coriander-Crusted Tuna w/ Braised White Beans

This is by far my favorite dish that we have prepared so far in culinary school. impressed with I've modified the original recipe to skip the bean soaking and instead use canned beans for an easy change, and also eliminated roasting your own chili peppers and used chili powder instead.

And, though it may look ambitious and possibly even a little intimidating, it's actually extremely easy and your guests will be the presentation.

Just make sure they like cilantro. ;)

Coriander-Crusted Tuna with Braised White Beans

Complete dish will have:
Seared Tuna (With Coriander Chili Crust)
Braised White Beans
Cilantro Puree
Balsamic Reduction
Lemon/Oil Dressed Greens

Coriander Chili Mix:
2 T. Toasted Coriander Seeds, ground to powder
1 T. Chili Powder
1/2 t. Kosher Salt

1. Toast coriander seeds over medium heat in a small, dry saute pan. They will become slightly brown and fragrant.
2. Transfer the seeds to a spice grinder and grind to a fine consistency.
3. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.

White Beans:
1 Can White Beans, Rinsed and Drained
1 Cup Chicken Stock
1 Red Bell Pepper, Roasted
1 Yellow Bell Pepper, Roasted
1 t. Olive Oil
1 T. Red Onion
Salt TT

1. Dice peppers and onion and saute until soft in olive oil. Add beans and stock. Season with salt.
2. Bring to a boil and simmer and cook until liquid evaporates, 15 minutes.

Cilantro Puree:
1/2 Bunch of Cilantro Leaves
2 Cloves Garlic
1/2 t. Lemon Juice
2 oz. Olive Oil
Salt/Pepper TT

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

Balsamic Reduction:
4 oz Balsamic Vinegar

1. Bring vinegar to a boil and swirl in pan (Stainless steel or non-stick only) until it is reduced to a thick syrup. If reduced too far, add a splash more of balsamic vinegar and swirl to thin.

1 1/2 T. Olive Oil
8 Oz Yellowfin tuna, sashimi-quality loin
3 T. Coriander Chili Mix (Recipe follows)
4 oz Balsamic Vinegar
2 T. Cilantro Puree
1/4 t. Lemon Juice
1 1/2 C. Frisee Leaves
Salt TT

1. Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Lightly dust all sides of the tuna with the coriander chili mix.
2. Place the tuna in the pan and cook for 8 seconds on each side. The tuna should be RARE.
3. Place the white beans in the center of each place. Drizzle 1 1/2 t. of cilantro puree and 1 1/2 t. of the balsamic syrup around the beans.
4. Whisk together the lemon juice and 1/2 t. olive oil. Toss the greens in a mixing bowl with salt and just enough dressing to coat. Top beans with greens.
5. Slice tuna and arrange on the top of the greens. Drizzle with a little more balsamic reduction.
6. Enjoy!

*To grind my coriander at home, I use my coffee grinder.
**If you wish to use dry beans for a better dish, braise them for 45 minutes with 24 oz chicken stock. Add a ham hock to the mixture for a better flavor.
***Frisee can sometimes be found in the better local supermarkets, however, if not, use Watercress for a yummy switch. Any fancy green, really, would work.


Skittles said...

These recipes always look soooooo good!!!

the108 said...

So, when are you gonna come and cook this baby up for your pregnant friend???

Although they say not to eat tuna while preggers... but fuck em'. I'm a rebel.


Mags said...

Thanks Skittles! If you ever try any of them (This one is healthy) please let me know how it came out.

108: Well, considering you still haven't gotten the brownies I sent...I don't think it's a great idea. That tuna would be RANK when it got to WA!!!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

mags, i simply cannot bite into rare tuna. i try. i really do, at the last second it will not go into my mouth. sigh... i hate to be that way about anything. any ideas?

smiles, bee

Mags said...

Bee: If there's one thing I can appreciate, it's that people like different things and different preparations.

If you like every other component in this dish but like your tuna well done-then cook it well done.

Food is a very personal thing, and it's important that you eat what you like and cook it accordingly.


Asara said...

That plate looks delicious, but I know I couldn't eat it without playing with it too. "Here we are at Mt. Tuna Bean, ascending 15,000 feet to Frisee Peak.." And then the volcano would erupt, and the cilantro lava would kill all the hikers.. yep, that's me!

Mags said...

Asara: See note to Bee and change "Cook tuna to well done" to "Make beans erupt like cilantro volcano".

You're so silly-I love it!

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