Monday, June 25, 2007

recipe recommendation

here is the tuna that i made on saturday night. my latest goal is to try one new recipe every couple of weeks, experimenting with ingredients that we don't usually take the time to try. the fennel and kalamata olives in this dish were new to us, and it really was mouth-watering:

Tuna with Proven├žal Vegetables
- Total Time: 40 min.
- Serves: 4

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
4 thyme sprigs
4 garlic cloves—2 thinly sliced, 2 halved
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tomato, coarsely chopped
1 small fennel bulb—halved, cored and sliced paper-thin
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon drained capers
Four 5-ounce tuna steaks, cut 1 inch thick

In a large, deep skillet, heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Add the zucchini, bell pepper, onion, thyme and sliced garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 7 minutes. Add the tomato, fennel, olives and capers, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Discard the thyme.

In a medium skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of oil with the halved garlic cloves. Season the tuna with salt and pepper, add it to the skillet and cook over moderate heat for 3 minutes, turning once. Cover the skillet and cook the tuna over very low heat for 2 minutes longer; the tuna should still be slightly rare in the center.

Spoon the vegetables onto plates. Top with the tuna steaks and the browned garlic halves and serve.

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