Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 pint vine cherry tomatoes

  2. 1/2 cup Orange Chili Oil , recipe follows

  3. Black Olive Tapenade:

  4. 2 cups pitted Kalamata olive s

  5. 1 big garlic clove

  6. Small handful fresh tarragon leaves

  7. Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

  8. Small handful fresh flat-leaf parsley

  9. 1 tablespoon red or white wine vinegar

  10. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  11. White Bean Puree:

  12. 3 cloves garlic

  13. 2 anchovy fillets

  14. 2 (14-ounce) can white cannellini bean s, drained

  15. 1/2 to 3/4 cup chicken stock, heated

  16. 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar

  17. 2 (6 to 8-ounce) sushi-quality tuna steaks, such as ahi, about 1-inch thick

  18. Extra-virgin olive oil

  19. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  20. 2 cups fresh Israeli arugula leaves, for garnish

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Lay out cherry vine tomatoes in a single layer on a roasting tray. Drizzle with orange chili oil and roast in the oven for 8-10 minutes until tomatoes slightly burst and have given off their juices. Set aside.

  3. For the olive tapenade:

  4. Add tapenade ingredients to a food processor and process to a coarse puree. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and set aside.

  5. For the white bean puree:

  6. In a saucepan add a 2 count of extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and anchovies and sweat for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the beans followed by the warm chicken stock and cook until heated through. Transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender and puree with a splash of white vinegar, salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Thin with extra stock if the puree is too thick. Give it a final taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Set aside and keep warm until ready to serve.

  7. Now prepare the tuna. Heat a large cast iron griddle pan over high heat. Drizzle the tuna with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on the hot grill for about 45 seconds and then turn over and do the same. The tuna should be rare on the inside and have nice grill marks on the outside.

  8. To serve, smear a spoonful of the white bean puree on the bottom of a plate. Top with a the tuna and a spoonful of tapenade over the top. Set a cluster of the roasted tomatoes over the top and drizzle the juices from the pan all around the plate. Garnish with fresh arugula leaves.


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