Thursday, July 29, 2010

Seared Tuna in Tomato-Basil Sauce, Green Beans with Lemon Butter, & Avocado and Lemon on Toasted Rustic Bread

Talk about YUM!  This meal is delicious!  I know I've been saying that a lot lately with these posts, but I've been trying a lot of new recipes and have been pleasantly surprised!  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Prep work makes your life easier when you cook.  If you have all the ingredients ready to go before you begin, it makes the recipe that much easier for you.  It is less likely for you to burn, over-boil, or forget about something when you are prepared.

A definite asset to this dish is the Avocado and Lemon on Toast.  Oh my goodness is it good.  And so simple.  Cut open two avocados and slice a loaf of bakery bread.  I chose french bread.

Line up the sliced bread and brush with olive oil.  Toast in a 325 degree oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Once you slice the avocado, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice then top with salt and pepper.  (I mixed the oil and juice to make a dressing to pour on top.)

Boil water and add green beans.  Blanch the green beans until crisp, 4-5 minutes.  Drain and return beans to the pan.  Add butter and lemon zest.

Cut 1 1/2 pounds of ahi tuna (one inch thick) into one inch chunks.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sear in a pan for 3 minutes on each side.  Remove from pan, place on a plate and tent with foil.


Wipe out the pan with paper towel and add two tablespoons of olive oil.  Add one cup of yellow onion and saute for 6-8 minutes.  Add two cups halved cherry tomatoes and wine, simmer until the tomatoes begin to shrivel, 3-5 minutes.  Reduce heat and simmer another 5 minutes.  Add fresh basil, stirring until wilted.  Season with salt and pepper.

Take your bread out of the oven and put on a plate.

To serve, put tuna chunks on the plate and add tomato-basil sauce to the top.  Put the avocado spread on the toasted bread (you will be amazed at how yummy this is!).  And add some lemony green beans to your plate!  Enjoy!!

I found this in my Martha Stewart Dinner at Home cookbook, but it is also online on her website.  Click here to see the full recipe:  Seared Tuna in Tomato-Basil Sauce and Green Beans

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