Five Spice Crusted Tuna with Roasted Carrots & Rutabaga Puree

Menu Part: 
Entree
Cuisine Type: 
American
Serves: 
4

Redolent with a five-spice crust, seared tuna is served with tender roasted root vegetables. The well-flavored meal is artfully plated.

Ingredients

4 baby yellow carrots, peeled
4 baby orange carrots, peeled
4 baby red carrots, peeled
8 pearl onions, peeled
1 small rutabaga, cut into small wedges
8 baby leeks, cleaned
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries
4 whole star anise
1 tsp. pink peppercorns
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup roasted garlic
1 cup vegetable stock

Tuna:
2 (8-oz.) bigeye tuna pieces (5 in. long and 11/2 in. square)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground star anise
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. pink peppercorns, crushed
1 tbsp. grapeseed oil

Garnish:
4 tsp. chopped fresh chives
Freshly ground black pepper

 

Steps

1. For roasted carrots and rutabaga puree: Preheat oven to 300°F. Toss together all carrots, onions, rutabaga, leeks, whole spices, and olive oil in a roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper; cover. Cook 3 hr., or until tender.

2. Puree half of the rutabaga with garlic and stock in a blender until smooth; season to taste with salt and pepper. Reheat the puree before serving. Remove whole spices from vegetables.

3. For tuna: Season tuna with salt and pepper. Combine all the spices in a small bowl and sprinkle lightly on all sides of the tuna. Heat grapeseed oil in a sauté pan over high heat. Sear tuna for 1 min. on each side, or until golden brown on the outside and rare inside. Remove from pan and slice into 4 thick pieces.

4. Spoon rutabaga puree in a zigzag on plates. Cascade vegetables down one side; place 2 pieces of tuna on other side. Sprinkle with chives and top with pepper.

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

Noncommercial foodservice operations and other employers would be spared from costly new overtime pay regulations if 21 states succeed in the legal challenge they jointly filed yesterday.

The lawsuit asks the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to set aside the rules, which are scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1.

If the court rejects the request, restaurants and other businesses will be required after that date to pay overtime to any salaried employee who works more than 40 hours in a week and earns less than $47,476 on an annual basis.

The...

Industry News & Opinion

The new unpaid-balance policy at Canon-McMillan School District in Pittsburgh is making waves after a former cafeteria worker sounded off about the practice on social media.

Stacy Koltiska said she quit her job with the district after being forced to take hot meals away from students who owed lunch money, CBS News reports .

Under a new policy that was implemented at Canon-McMillan this year, students whose lunch debt exceeds $25 are not allowed to receive a hot lunch. Children in grades K-6 are given a sandwich in its place, and older students receive no lunch. A recent...

Industry News & Opinion

Due to low participation in its lunch program, Talawanda School District in Oxford, Ohio, is raising the price of school meals this year, Patch.com reports .

The cost of school lunches will see a 30-cent increase, half of which is being enacted to cover the district’s budget. The other half is being required by the government to cover the cost of free and reduced-price lunches provided to low-income families. Prior to this year, the district had not raised prices since 2009.

The district’s cafeterias have experienced a decline in student participation since implementing the...

Industry News & Opinion

Six Philadelphia hospitals were honored by the city’s department of public health for healthy food initiatives introduced as part of the local Good Food, Healthy Hospitals program, bizjournals.com reports .

The hospitals each debuted healthy measures to their dining services, such as lowering the cost of water bottles and seltzers, and offering dishes that incorporate local produce. One hospital was also honored for operating its own organic farm.

The facilities that were honored were:

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Eastern...

FSD Resources