A Little About Me

New York, New York
As a newly married woman, it has become my mission in life to learn how to cook. Gone are the days of picking up sushi and ordering curries. In order to jump-start my education, I enrolled in the Institute of Culinary Education's Fine Cooking I course where I learned the basics, from roasting to boiling to mousse-making (ok, maybe not that basic)! I've attempted to replicate some recipes - somewhat successfully- and create a few of my own. This blog is for friends and foodies and is intended to document my cooking adventures (and occasional fiascoes). Enjoy the pictures and bon appetite!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Tuna Burgers with Wasabi Aioli and Asian Slaw

Burgers have kind of become my thing. I love experimenting and making lots of different kinds, like turkey burgers, lentil burgers and chicken apple burgers! I find it fun to experiment with different proteins, seeing what kind of combinations I can come up with! Right before the new year, I decided to try my hand at tuna burgers, since I always love them in restaurants. They came out yummy, but it's not the cheapest protein to turn into a burger! I also made some wasabi aioli and awesome asia slaw to serve with it... the result was a very satisfied husband :)

Burger Ingredients
1 lb sushi grade ahi tuna, chopped
2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp black sesame seeds
2 scallions, chopped
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

Start by chopping up the tuna, until it's pretty smooth. In a bowl, mix the tuna with the cilantro, soy sauce, honey, sesame seeds, scallions and sesame oil.

Form the mixture into patties and cook in a pan with olive oil over medium heat until the burgers have seared on the outside and remain a little rare on the inside. Be careful, it's easy to overcook them, but they'll be a lot more tasty and moist if left a little pink in the middle.

Wasabi Mayo Ingredients
3 tbsp mayo (regular or low-fat)
1/2 tbsp wasabi paste
juice of 1/2 lime

For the mayo, simply mix all the above ingredients together in a bowl!

Slaw Ingredients
1 carrot
1/2 red bell pepper
1 cup red cabbage
1/4 cup cilantro
4 scallions
3/4 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
2 1/2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp rice vinegar

This slaw is so easy and so tasty! Just cut the carrots, scallions and peppers into thin matchsticks and chop up the cilantro, ginger and cabbage. In a separate bowl, combine all the liquid ingredients to make the dressing and then pour over all the vegetables. I recommend combining closer to serving time otherwise the slaw might become wilted.

Top the tuna burgers with some wasabi mayo and serve alongside a big heaping of slaw!

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