Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tuna Burgers with Carrot-Ginger Sauce


For the Sauce:

  • 1 small carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2-inch piece ginger, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For the Burgers:

  • 1 pound sushi-grade tuna
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup spicy sprouts, for garnish
  • 4 whole-grain hamburger buns
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced


Prepare the sauce: Pulse the carrot and ginger in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce and sugar and process until smooth. Drizzle in 2 tablespoons water and combine; season with salt and pepper. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and set aside.
Prepare the burgers: Chop the tuna into chunks. Wipe out the food processor and add the tuna; pulse a few times to break up the pieces. In a bowl, mix 2 tablespoons olive oil, the soy sauce, lime juice, cilantro and ginger; season with salt and pepper. Pour over the tuna and process until well blended. Form into 4 patties; brush each lightly with the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil.
Preheat a grill or grill pan. Once hot, add the burgers and cook for 2 minutes on each side for rare, or to desired doneness.
Toss the sprouts in the carrot-ginger sauce. Place the burgers on buns and top with avocado and sprouts.
Per serving: Calories 435; Fat 22 g (Sat. 3.8 g; Mono. 11 g; Poly. 6 g); Cholesterol 43 mg; Sodium 662 mg; Carbohydrate 28 g; Fiber 5 g; Protein 32 g
Photograph by Con Poulos

Margarita Chicken Skewers


  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 12 strips
  • 1 10-ounce can frozen margarita mix, thawed
  • 2/3 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chicken seasoning
  • Vegetable oil, for the grill
  • Baby arugula and lime halves, for serving


Place the chicken, margarita mix, tequila, cilantro and chicken seasoning in a large resealable plastic bag; squeeze out the air and seal. Massage the bag to combine the ingredients. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Meanwhile, soak 12 wooden skewers in water.
Preheat a grill to medium. Remove the chicken from the marinade; thread each piece onto a skewer. Oil the grill grate; grill the chicken skewers for 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until the meat is cooked through. Serve on a platter with arugula and lime.
Photograph by Mark Peterson

Monday, February 27, 2012

Roast Turkey Breast With Glazed Vegetables

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 pound sweet potatoes, halved or quartered if large
1 pound small parsnips, peeled and halved
1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced, plus 2 tablespoons chopped fronds
1 large red onion, cut into 8 wedges
1/2 cup dried apricots
2 to 3 sprigs rosemary, plus 1/2 teaspoon chopped rosemary leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 small clove garlic, minced
Grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
1 skin-on, bone-in turkey breast half (3 1/4 to 4 pounds)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Whisk 1 tablespoon olive oil, the honey and 2 tablespoons water in a bowl. Put the potatoes, parsnips, fennel slices, onion, dried apricots and rosemary sprigs in a roasting pan. Add 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, drizzle with the honey mixture and toss. Roast until the vegetables soften, about 30 minutes, stirring once.

Meanwhile, mix the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, the garlic, lemon zest and chopped rosemary in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture under and over the turkey skin. Season with salt and pepper and bring the meat to room temperature.

Place the turkey on top of the vegetables in the pan; roast until the skin browns and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165 degrees F, 1 hour to 1 hour, 15 minutes. (Cover with foil if the skin is getting too dark.) Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and let rest 20 minutes.

Toss the roasted vegetables with the lemon juice and fennel fronds. Slice the turkey and serve with the vegetables.

Photograph by Jonny Valiant


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Apple and Ham Salad

3 crisp apples (such as Cortland)
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 shallots, thinly sliced
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 pound deli-sliced Black Forest ham, torn into pieces
2 bunches watercress, trimmed
4 endives, sliced crosswise
Freshly ground pepper

Thinly slice the apples. Toss with the lemon juice in a large bowl.

Make the dressing: Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. Whisk in the vinegar and mustard; remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Whisk in the sour cream and 1/4 cup water.

Add the dressing to the bowl with the apples. Add the ham, watercress and endives. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.

Photograph by Con Poulos

SERVES 6 (SIDE); Calories: 234; Total Fat 10 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Protein: 12 grams; Total carbohydrates: 29 grams; Sugar: 12 grams; Fiber 13 grams; Cholesterol: 21 milligrams; Sodium: 818 milligrams