Recipe Courtesy Michael Bonacini, Cook Like a Chef.
Tartar of Tuna
Seared Tuna Cube
Blood Orange Salad
Trim the piece of tuna slightly so it is shaped liked a cylinder, (rolling it will also shape it). Roll in the black pepper and chopped parsley mixture. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, rolling into a round shape and twisting ends of plastic wrap tightly to keep round shape. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before slicing.
Using a very sharp knife, finely dice the tuna, making clean cuts. Place into a bowl. Add the finely diced shallots, chopped herbs, splash of olive oil, squeeze of lemon juice, squeeze of ginger juice and season with salt and pepper. Mix well but do not overwork. Cover and refrigerate.
Toss the avocado and mango into a small mixing bowl, add a squeeze of lemon juice and a splash of olive oil and chill in refrigerator until serving.
Chill shredded cucumber until serving.
Combine cornmeal, poppy seed, peppercorn and salt together in a small bowl. Roll tuna cubes in cornmeal mixture on all sides.
Add a splash of vegetable oil to a cast iron fry pan over high heat. As soon as the pan starts to smoke, add the tuna cubes and sear evenly on all sides. The cubes should take on a dark, slightly charred-look to them. Do not overcook the tuna or it will be dry. It should take no more than 10 seconds per side. Remove from pan and cool immediately.
Add blood orange segments to bowl. Add a drizzle of olive oil. Season with a little salt and freshly ground pepper. Add the chopped chives, picked salad greens. Toss very gently.
Unwrap chilled tuna cylinder. Slice thinly. Arrange 3 to 5 slices of tuna carpaccio on each chilled plate.
Place a small ring form (about 1½-inches in diameter) on the plate next to the tuna carpaccio. Add a small amount of the finely shredded cucumber, followed by a thicker layer of the avocado and mango. Top it off with a layer of tuna tartar. Gently remove the ring form to reveal a tower of tuna carpaccio. Repeat for each plate.
Cut each cube of seared tuna on the bias (revealing the sushi grade tuna centre). Place next to the tuna carpaccio on each plate.
Add the blood orange salad to each plate.
Drizzle the carpaccio, seared tuna and tartar with a little extra virgin olive oil.
Garnish each plate with picked chives or other herbs of your choice, a twist of cracked pepper, and a few vegetable chips, if desired.
This dish makes an elegant, yet not too difficult, dish to prepare for a special occasion. You may wish to substitute the tuna tartar with a shucked oyster or you may wish to incorporate a small smoked fish salad, or this dish works well with fresh Atlantic salmon.