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. ;)
Complete dish will have:
Seared Tuna (With Coriander Chili Crust)
Braised White Beans
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.
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
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.
1/2 Bunch of Cilantro Leaves
2 Cloves Garlic
1/2 t. Lemon Juice
2 oz. Olive Oil
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
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
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.
*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.