Monday, August 22, 2011

Seared Tuna with Caper Butter and Pasta with Marinated Tomatoes

I love Ahi tuna and am always looking for new ways to prepare it. This recipe adds in a flavorful butter and a light pasta side dish for a complete meal that features some of the flavors of Summer. I hope this recipe brings happiness to your table.

Here is how:
1. Rub 2 fresh Ahi tuna steaks with extra virgin olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper.

2. In a bowl combine:
- 2 Tbs. butter (at room temperature)
- 1 Tbs. capers
- 1 Tbs. bell pepper (finely diced)

3. Roll the mixture, on parchment paper, into a ball and refrigerate until firm.

4. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Sear the tuna for about 3 minutes on each side. The tuna should be browned on the outside and medium-rare on the inside.

5. For the pasta, combine:
- 1 large ripe tomato (seeded and chopped)
- 1 cup of cherry tomatoes (sliced)
- 1 clove of fresh garlic (finely minced)
- 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbs. fresh dill (chopped)
- 1 Tbs. dried basil

6. Marinate the mixture for up to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

7. Cook 1/2 pound of gluten free penne according to the package directions until al dente. Drain well and toss with the tomato mixture.

Here is to elegance and style at home! xo

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