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Grilled Tuna With Herbed Cream

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To make two meals at once, cook extra tuna steaks and turn them into a salad for sandwiches.

  1. 1 garlic clove, smashed
  2. Salt
  3. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  4. 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  5. 1/4 cup minced fresh chives
  6. Freshly ground black pepper
  7. Pinch of cayenne pepper
  8. Four 6-ounce tuna steaks, about 3/4 inch thick
  9. 4 slices of a large tomato, cut about 1/3 inch thick
  10. 1/3 cup heavy cream
  1. Light a grill or set a heavy grill pan over moderately high heat. On a work surface, using a fork, mash the garlic with 1/4 teaspoon salt. In a small bowl, blend the garlic with the mayonnaise, basil, chives, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and the cayenne.
  2. Season the tuna steaks with salt and black pepper and lightly oil the grill or the pan. Grill the tuna for about 2 1/2 minutes, then turn the steaks and top each one with a tomato slice. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes for medium-rare, longer if desired. Transfer to plates.
  3. While the fish is cooking, beat the cream until stiff and fold in the herbed mayonnaise. Serve the fish warm or at room temperature and pass the sauce separately.
Notes Flake the extra cooked tuna into a bowl. Add finely diced celery, minced basil, mayonnaise, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Serve on crusty peasant bread topped with thinly sliced onion and tomato, young greens and strips of roasted bell pepper. You can also toast the bread, butter it and rub each side with a garlic clove before making the sandwiches.


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