Nothing says “wow” like gorgeous, fresh seafood as an appetizer. Tuna tartare is one of my favorite small bites to order at tapas restaurants. Making it at home is not hard, and would be an impressive starter to serve up this holiday season. Endive leaves add a touch of earthy bitterness and a nice crunchy contrast.
Make sure to use the freshest possible sushi grade tuna. A great tip is to slice and handle the tuna while it is slightly frozen, to avoid it becoming mushy. If you are buying frozen tuna, leave it in your refrigerator for about 6 hours before slicing for a nice workable texture. If buying fresh, freeze the tuna for about 1 hour.
Tuna Tartare on Endive Leaves
Fresh sushi-grade tuna is dressed to perfection and served on crisp endive leaves for an elegant yet easy appetizer.
- 1 large tuna steak about 1 lb
- zest and juice of 1 lime
- 2 Tbsp sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp chopped chives plus more for garnish
- 2 tsp wasabi powder
- 1 tsp sesame seeds plus more for garnish
- salt and pepper to taste
- fresh endive leaves for serving
Tuna is easiest to chop while slightly frozen. Partially thaw hard-frozen tuna or freeze fresh tuna for about 1 hour until firm. Cut the tuna into slices, then finely dice. Try not to over-handle or over-mix the fish. Mix the rest of the ingredients together, then pour over the tuna and stir to coat. Allow to sit briefly prior to serving, but not too long because the citrus will cook the tuna. Rinse and trim the endive leaves, then top with the tuna tartare, garnish and serve.
Tip: trim a small area on the back of each endive leaf to make a flat spot, so that they sit evenly on your serving platter (without rolling around).
Have a look at my other blog posts from Small Bites Week for more ideas on party foods this holiday season!
- Prosciutto Wrapped Breadsticks
- Parmesan Crisps
- Pear and Pomegranate Guacamole
- Jerk Bacon Jam
- Pimento Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers
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