Image via WikipediaFrom Denny: This was one of many popular appetizers (no photos of these appetizers, guess they didn't last long enough to photograph!)that were a big hit here in Louisiana at a recent chefs' preview party where volunteers who are home cooks made appetizers for the local top chefs, caterers and restaurateurs. They were honored for their service in the Capital Chefs’ Showcase which benefits Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge.
This year is most special as it is the 50th golden anniversary of the Cancer Services. This organization helps over 5,000 people annually with free services, assistance and support.
This is a recipe easy enough for the home cook to make as these ladies proved to the top chefs in the city!
From: Cheri Lasseigne from a “Body for Life” cookbook
Serves: 8 as a main dish or about 50 as an appetizer. Serve hot as an entree or cold as an appetizer.
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup peeled and coarsely chopped fresh ginger
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tablespoon raw honey
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup extra virgin coconut oil
2 pounds tuna steak, about 1-inch thick
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
1 bunch green onions, chopped
3 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1. For sauce: Place garlic, ginger, mustard and soy sauce in food processor; process until blended.
2. Add honey and vinegar and process again. With motor running, add sesame oil and coconut oil gradually, blending until sauce thickens and emulsifies.
3. For tuna steaks: Brush tuna steaks with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill until just cooked through, about 5 minutes per side on a grill or broiler.
4. If serving as an entree, place tuna steaks on warmed plates. Spoon sauce over steaks and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. If serving as a cold appetizer, take tuna off grill and coat with sesame seeds. Cut into bite-size pieces and place on a tray over ice. Sprinkle some sauce over the tuna and garnish with green onions. Serve with additional sauce on the side and bamboo skewers or toothpicks like they did at the party.
Note: If serving as an entree, this dish goes well with steamed string beans with toasted almonds and mashed potatoes.
For more appetizers from this party check out my other food blog: Comfort Food From Louisiana.