Monday, February 12, 2018

Carpaccio di Tonno #ItalianFood


Ellen of Family Around the Table invited her blogging friends to share recipes and celebrate Italian food today. Well, you know me, I'm more Italian than I am Filipino. Well, maybe not genetically, but certainly by exposure and choice! Those thirteen months that I lived in Rome cemented my love of all things Italian. So, I was definitely participating in this party.

The Italian Feast

Being that I learned to cook in Italy, I would say that Italian food appears on our table a lot. A lot. We regularly make homemade pastas (like this and this and this) and gnocchi (like this and this and this). 

Carpaccio di Tonno

So, I wanted to challenge myself to make something I've never made before. I decided on carpaccio. I started researching. Thank goodness my ability to read Italian is not nearly as rusty as my spoken Italian! I found several recipes I liked and used the parts that appealed to me.

Ingredients serves 4

  • 1 pound sushi-grade ahi tuna steaks, cut into 1-inch squares
  • flake sea salt
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 6 T olive oil
  • 1 t coarse-ground mustard
  • 1 C cress, washed and dried
  • 1/4 c capers
  • caperberries to garnish
  • Also needed: wax paper, rolling pin (or a wine bottle works well), mason jar with a lid

Procedure

Combine vinegar, oil, and mustard in mason jar. Shake to emulsify. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Place a sheet of wax paper on a cutting board. Place a tuna square in the middle. Put another piece of wax paper on top. Using a rolling pin or bottle of wine, gently flatten the tuna by pressing and rolling as evenly as you can.


Peel the tuna from the sheets and place them on a serving platter.


Drizzle with as much dressing as you like. Sprinkle with salt to season. Mound the cress in the middle. Sprinkle with capers and garnish with caperberries. And serve immediately.


Pronto al tavolo! Like all of my favorite Italian dishes, this one shines in its simplicity with fresh, vibrant ingredients. Though this was the first time I have ever made carpaccio, I know it won't be the last!

12 comments:

  1. This is not something I've ever tried making because I always thought it was too difficult. You make it look so easy!

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    1. It was super, super easy, Ellen. Let me know if you try it!

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  2. I feel kind of dense. It didn't occur to me that you could make tuna carpaccio. I always thought carpaccio was strictly beef. After reading this I googled it and feel very silly. Great recipe Cam.

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    1. Thanks. It's so easy...it barely counts as a recipe, right?

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  3. I have always enjoyed carpaccio at restaurants! I love your recipe and you have made it easy to make at home! This is a must make for me! My family is going to enjoy this many times!

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    1. Can't wait to hear if you try it, Eileen. It's great.

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  4. Italian sushi, ha. I'm willing to try, it looks great!

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    1. I never thought of it that way. But, yes, it is!

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  5. I love tuna. I must try this real soon!

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    1. Can't wait to hear if you do try it, Cindy.

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    1. It was so simple, but so delicious. I love the simple part.

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