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5.11.2010

Spring Garlic Oil Poached Tuna with Cannellini and Fava Beans

 Certain Someone and I just spent an amazing long weekend in San Francisco. My head is still reeling from all the sensational tastes, sights, and sounds of our trip. San Francisco and the whole Bay Area is truly a culinary inspiration, and no wonder so many great chefs gravitate to the region. Can you really be  a bad cook in San Francisico with all the great offerings? It's insane. I have so much to write about this short little visit, but that will come later. One thing I was itching to do was get back to my kitchen and experiment with some of the goodies I brought back.One item being the famous heirloom cult like Rancho Gordo Beans, of which I have heard about , but have never seen. I also stuffed some fantastic bulbous Spring Garlic I purchased from the Farmers Market at the Ferry Plaza. Resembling a red onion, I have been using these babies all week, thinly sliced like scallions from the bulb to the tops.  I decided to make an oil poached tuna as a riff on Cannellini beans and tuna as a salad. Instead I decided to make a warm dish and throw in a few seasonal Fava beans for color. While at Cafe de la Presse , which my new buddy Denise from Chez Us recommended and you can see below, I noticed they made their own tuna confit for the Salade Nicoise.That little nugget of information served as even more inspiration for me.

Spring Garlic Oil Poached Tuna with Cannellini and Fava Beans
The Beans
2 cups  Dry Rancho Gordo  Runner Cannellini Beans
1 Shallot sliced in half
1/2  Spring Garlic Sliced Thin
1 cup chicken stock
olive oil
sea salt
Ground Black Pepper
Bay Leaf
The Oil Poach
 1/2 Spring Garlic sliced thin
2 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp  dried Thyme or a few sprigs of fresh
A few slices of organic lemon
2  red tuna fillets
sea salt
 fresh ground black pepper

Fava Beans ( shelled and par boiled)

Soak your dried Cannellini Beans in cold water for 6 hours. Rancho Gordo says soaking isn't always necessary but cooking time will be longer. However I was advised at purchase, not to soak overnight  or for longer periods. Place beans and water in a pot with the shallot sliced in half, spring garlic, bay leaf, and chicken stock. Simmer for a few hours until done( 2-3 hours). Season with salt and pepper towards the end of cooking.

Shell and parboil your Fava Beans, removing the second waxy casing after the par boil. Set aside.

Season your tuna steak with sea salt and pepper. Set aside and keep cool in the refrigerator.
In a small sauce pan layer the slices of spring onion, thyme , salt and pepper ,and pour in 2 cups of the olive oil. Heat up the oil to 130 F until hot. Take off heat and add the lemon slices. Allow the garlic and lemon to infuse the oil for at least 15 minutes. Gradually heat oil again and keep on a very low heat. Add the tuna steak and carefully spoon the oil over the tuna. Slowly poach for 10 minutes on a very low heat.Turn tuna over half way. Do not allow the oil to bubble on high. The tuna will be slightly pink, but more to the done side, not rare.

With a slotted spoon , dish the Cannellini Beans, and some Fava Beans onto your plate. Place  the tuna,and drizzle the infused olive oil over the tuna and the beans. Garnish with the  Spring Garlic within the poaching oil.
Serve with an additional squeeze of lemon juice

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6 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That is a great way of cooking tuna. A refined dish! Lovely!

Cheers,

Rosa

we are never full said...

that poaching oil is super versatile. i'm imagining using it for a variety of things including meats and veggies.

Proud Italian Cook said...

So good Courtney and I love how you used fava beans!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Off to market to get some fava beans!

Bellini Valli said...

It is easy to see why you would fall in love with San Francisco!!! So much to do and see. I was there 2x last fall and saw something new at every turn.

Darius T. Williams said...

That garlic looks amazing! Looks like someone had a GREAT time.