Sweet summer watermelon also works well in savory recipes like this one from Chef Rodriguez's eponymous restaurant, De Rodriguez, in South Beach, Miami.
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Fresh tuna adds a savory note to this sweet fruit salad that gets an Asian twist from a sesame peanut vinaigrette. Try serving this at your next cocktail or dinner party or stopping by MexiQ Kitchen & Draught if you're in the neighborhood and eating it at the restaurant.
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When summer squash (zucchini; courgettes), eggplant (aubergines), tomatoes (tomatoes) and peppers are at the apex of ripeness, it’s hard not to think of Provençal-type vegetable stews fragrant with olive oil, onions, garlic and herbs. Let’s call them ratatouille, though that will expose us to outraged criticism by people with strong (though differing) opinions about the precise use of that term. Anyway, I’m not going to tell you how to make ratatouille: Open up a cookbook or a Web browser and you’ll soon have a nice recipe. Just be sure to use plenty of good oil and to cook your onions long enough to rid them of harshness.Whatever recipe you use, and no matter how small you try to keep the quantities, you will surely have leftovers, and leftover ratatouille is a wonderful thing. At room temperature, deposited onto grilled bread, it is one of the best of summer dinners. Even a little bit can be eked out with pasta, or reheated with scrambled eggs – or simmered down with extra oil and some smoked paprika to form a sofrito as the underlay of a not-so-traditional paella.But when we saw some really nice tuna at the farmers’ market, Jackie and I simultaneously thought how good it would be with the last of our leftover ratatouille from a few days earlier. In Mediterranean mode, it would not be served rare, much less raw in the center: For maximal flavor, it would be cooked though, but cooked with care so that it would not become dry, and once it was lightly browned it would braise gently in that oily, juicy ratatouille with just a splash of wine to add acidity and another layer of flavor.It worked just as planned – as, I confess, we knew it would, because this is a dish we eat almost every summer, sometimes replacing the tuna with swordfish.So next time you make a panful of ratatouille, throw in an extra few handfuls of vegetables to guarantee that there will be enough left over for this fish dinner.(Note that other stewed summer vegetable mixtures can work well too: South-Western French piperade and Hungarian lecsó to name two that lean on tomatoes and peppers for their deliciousness.)
With locations in New York, Boston, Miami, Las Vegas, and internationally, Zuma creates some of the best Japanese cuisine on the planet. This is their spicy tuna roll recipe, which you'll find is simple enough to make at home, even for a novice sushi-maker. Be sure to buy the highest quality sushi-grade tuna at your local fish market. If your grocery store doesn't carry some of the Japanese ingredients, don't fret! The sushi will still be delicious if it's missing some of the elements. Feel free to play around with other common sushi ingredients like scallions, sriracha, chili oil, etc.For an even easier version, you could skip the rolling and simply combine all of the ingredients without the nori to create a spicy tuna bowl.
I basically love anything that comes in a hot dog bun… except hot dogs (sorry, Dad). I mean, what the heck is in those things? Anyway, inspired by the glorious East Coast tradition of fish deliciousness in a bun, I made these one summer when I had tuna steaks in the fridge for dinner but had an unexpected group of hungry lunch guests. The tuna stretches really far in the hot dog buns and the vinaigrette really makes it pop.
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The best thing about this recipe, is that your guests will enjoy sushi-grade tuna without any extra costs to you. It calls for the tuna to be diced up into 1/8-inch cubes, so ½ pound of quality tuna goes a long way.
Tuna is always thought of a steak, but cutting it this way makes it look a like T-bone steak. First I sear the T-bone so it has a crisp texture and then finish it in the oven to ensure that it's cooked thoroughly without burning.
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Don't worry, there's no real tuna in this margarita — it's Spanish for "prickly pear," so Don Julio says. But the prickly pear is what makes this Don Julio margarita so enticing. Says Don Love (who created the marg), "This drink is inspired by a soda commonly found in Southern California called the 'Cactus Cooler,' and is a twist on a traditional margarita with the addition of prickly pear purée to the recipe. This drink is easy to make yet unique and delicious, making it the perfect recipe for the novice at-home mixologist looking to celebrate the holiday."
A great way to serve this salad is to slice a 9-inch round focaccia in half horizontally, fill it with the tuna, and press a plate down on top of the round bread. Place a heavy can or weight on top for an hour, and the dressing will seep into the bread. Slice and serve.
This is my absolute, without a doubt, favorite food of all time. My mother made it for me on a weekly basis growing up and I have continued to make it for myself as often as possible since leaving her loving nest. It's comfort food at its most comforting and I love it. I adapted my mother's recipe to make it a lactose-free experience, without sacrificing any taste!
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