Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Seared Tuna with Green Beans, Lemon, and Wasabi

A refreshing and delicious recipe and...my first giveaway!!!

 In March, Rocco Dispirito released his new cookbook,Now Eat This.  In this cookbook he has a compilation of 150 popular dishes that have been revamped to make them healthier without sacrificing any of the taste.  I saw him demo a couple of the recipes on a few talk shows before the book was released and everything looked so good, I was so excited about the release of this cookbook and I couldn't wait to get it and try some of these recipes myself.  For my birthday, one of my wonderful friends was nice enough to get this for me and I was absolutely extactic, I couldn't wait to get home and make something!

I have a quite a few recipes bookmarked and I can't wait to try them and share them with you.  If they are all as great as this dish then look out, because your taste buds are in for a wonderful ride!  I believe this tuna is a spin on Outback's Seared Ahi Tuna appetizer, it's packed with all of the taste but not the fat and calories.  Outback's dish is sooo good and I couldn't wait to try this to see how it compared.  I absolutely loved this tuna and the wasabi green beans were the perfect side.  Next time I cook this, I will cook the tuna a little less so it will be more like Outback version.  I accidentally left it over the heat a little too long but it was still oh so good, so I can only imagine how good it will be when I have it at the desired wellness.

Seared Tuna with Green Beans, Lemon, and Wasabi

Ingredients:

4 Sushi-grade tuna steaks (3 ounces each)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Nonstick cooking spray
12 Ounces haricots verts or slim green beans, trimmed
Juice and grated zest of 1 lemon
1 Garlic clove, minced
2 Tablespoons wasabi paste
4 Scallions (white and green part), sliced thin on the biased/diagonal
3 Tablespoons black sesame seeds (I used white)

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Preheat a grill or grill pan over high heat.

Season the tuna with salt and pepper, to taste, and spray them lightly with the vegetable oil.  When the grill is hot, add the tuna and cook for 1 1/2 minutes per side (for medium-rare).  Trasnfer the tuna to a platter and allow it to rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the haricots verts (or green beans) in the boiling water until they are tender, about 3 minutes and then drain.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, zest, garlic and wasabi paste.  Add the haricots verts (green beans) and scallions and sesame seeds.  Toss to coat, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Thinly slice the tuna.  To serve, fan tuna on a plate and pile a mound of the dressed haricots verts (green beans) on top or to the side of each portion of tuna.

Recipe Source: Now Eat This by Rocco Dispirito

Now on to the giveaway!

I was, and still am, so excited about this cookbook and all it has to offer that I wanted to provide an opportunity for one of my readers to have a copy as well!  To enter for a chance to win a copy of this fabulous cookbook please leave a comment stating what your favorite appetizer is (can be homemade or from a restaurant)...if it's homemade feel free to leave the recipe or link!  Please leave your email address as well so I know how to contact the winner!

1 entry per person please!  If you would like an additional entry you can sign up to follow my blog, once you do leave another comment stating you are now following and if you already follow leave a comment telling me so.  Also, recieve another chance to win by following me on facebook!  Go to my Facebook page and "like" me and then leave a comment saying you did so!

Entries will be accepted now through midnight on October 8th!  The winner will be randomly chosen by Random.org.  US mailing addresses only, please.

Thank you and good luck!

20 comments:

Jordan P said...

My very favorite appetizer is a buffalo chicken dip my mother makes with little crostini!!

PS I don't even LOVE fish, but your tuna looks SO YUMMY!

Melissa said...

If I am out and there are fried pickles on the menu there is no doubt I will be ordering them!

manda said...

i looooove fried calamari~! :)

Catherine said...

I love cheese... anything with cheese! Top 2 are cheese fondue and baked brie. Here's my favorite baked brie: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/baked-brie-en-croute-with-apple-compote.html?print=true

Molly Jean said...

Yum! Your tuna looks amazing. I didn't know Outback had a seared tuna app! Might be just the excuse I need to go out to eat ;)

I love all appetizers but mostly the bar-type apps - chips and queso, nachos, and fried cheese!

Stephanie said...

I have always loved the classic tomato bruschetta.

Cara said...

I love fried zucchini and fried mozzarella!

Lindsay said...

It's a toss up between buffalo chicken dip or pizza bites!

UDscoobychick said...

Nachos or cheesy fries are my favorite appetizers! Yummm!

Coleen said...

I love cheese fries with bacon and green onions with a side of ranch to dip them in.

The Nifty Foodie said...

OMG...I love spinach artichoke dip!

Delilah said...

I am always drawn toward crab fondue or queso dip!

FayeD said...

My favorite appetizer is potstickers - yum!

MaryBeth said...

I really love stuffed mushrooms! Yum!

Melissa said...

This cookbook looks awesome - as well as your fish! I'm in need of some healthy dinner ideas so I'll have to try this fish recipe next week!
My favorite appetizer is spinach artichoke dip - I love it with extra salty chips! :)

Susan said...

Love tomato/moz/basil salad

Susan said...

Now following you on facebook....looking forward to more yummy recipes!

Amy said...

Mmm, that tuna looks delicious! My favorite appetizer is breaded mushrooms from our favorite pizza placce.

ajeyinthelife said...

i have a soft spot in my heart for bacon wrapped dates!

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