It was Sunday and I eventually decided that I would look for some sushi-grade tuna for a tuna burger recipe I had wanted to try for some time. Sushi-grade tuna on a Sunday? Even in Manhattan this wasn't going to be a walk in the park! But sure enough, 6 supermarkets and health food stores later I had amassed the ingredients for a dinner that is completely contrary to what I normally do.
I picked up things that I doubt I'll be using too often and things that I know will go bad before I have a chance to use them. Still, I hadn't done any special-occasiony dinners in a long time and thought that cooking might relax me.
Ingredients (left to right): Sushi-grade yellowfin tuna (at just over $10 for what wound up being dinner for 2 and also lunch, I'd say it was not too bad!), scallions (these will go bad before I use them), garlic, wasabi mustard (THIS was a wise purchase), low sodium soy sauce, black sesame seeds, panko bread crumbs, wine (for personal consumption).
1. Coarsely chop of the tuna (1lb=4 burgers)
2. Chop 1 or 2 scallions (depending on how oniony you like things) withe white ends
3. Add the tuna and the scallions to a food processor (this is the second of three kitchen gadgets I will use), add 2 tbsp soy sauce (for 1lb tuna!) and a squirt of the wasabi mustard. Pulse until the tuna chunks are more manageable.
4. In a shallow dish/bowl put in the panko bread crumbs and a handful of the sesame seeds until you have something that looks like this
5. Form the tuna into patty and roll around in the breading mixture. It might look pretty fragile, but it's really pretty hardy.
6. Drop each patty into a pan (with non-stick cooking spray) and cook on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes each side, depending on how done you like your tuna. If you love your burgers well-done, do 4 minutes.
Note: regular sesame seeds are probably just as good, much cheaper and easier to find, but not as pretty. Consider poppy seeds.
1 part wasabi mustard
1 part balsamic vinegar
We even wound up dipping our grilled asparagus that went with the meal ("hummus" serving #3-still rockin' at 4 days old- was the appetizer).
Finished off the weekend with the end of Toy Story 3, which in my opinion has so many adult themes that I'm surprised people let their kids watch this movie!
Tonight is vegan dinner with my ex-sorority sister, so though I will not be cooking, I will be trying seitan for the first time, so I'll let you know how that goes!
Till next time!