Tuesday, April 9, 2013

cooking: ahi tuna carpaccio with pickled cucumber and radish

kyler and i went grocery shopping sunday morning and had a field day!
the seafood was divine and i couldn't resist the fresh sashimi grade ahi tuna.
i knew i wanted to make a carpaccio since i have never made it before and have seen it being made all the time on the cooking shows i watch
ahi tuna carpaccio with pickled cucumber and radish salad cheesecake factory inspired recipe
i started by making the garnish. i small diced an english cucumber and some radishes and placed in a bowl with salt, pepper, rice wine vinegar, olive oil and some freshly grated ginger. you let that sit while you prepare all the other componenets since you want it to soften and pickle.
ahi tuna carpaccio with pickled cucumber and radish salad cheesecake factory inspired recipe
 now you want to thinly slice your tuna. make sure you sharpen you knife before doing this. the thinner the slices the better the outcome of this dish. it makes the dish feel light and airy instead of heavy and bulky if you chop thick slices.
ahi tuna carpaccio with pickled cucumber and radish salad cheesecake factory inspired recipe
now begin assembling your plate with some watercress on the outside of the plate
try using leaves that are similar in size, this will help the aesthetics of your plating
ahi tuna carpaccio with pickled cucumber and radish salad cheesecake factory inspired recipe
 in the center of your watercress plate your slices of tuna.
to hold the garnish you want to use two pieces of the tuna and make a little volcano
kinda like what you do to mashed potatoes and gravy
this will hold your pickled cucumber and radish salad
when plating your pickled salad be sure to sprinkle some of the pickling juice on the tuna- it adds extra flavor
ahi tuna carpaccio with pickled cucumber and radish salad cheesecake factory inspired recipe
 finish your plate with some macerated avocado, thinly sliced green onions and some sesame seeds
ahi tuna carpaccio with pickled cucumber and radish salad cheesecake factory inspired recipe
 this carpaccio was fresh, light and had a similar flavor profile of sushi- only without the rice!



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