Tuesday, July 25, 2006

5:4 challenge #2A Stuffed Tuna Packets (p1)

Well its time for the second installment of 5:4 challenge. This time around our ingredients were: Tuna (canned or fresh), pepper (any kind), celery, lime and mushroom. I came up with three idea's but only made 2. Two of the idea's were using tuna steaks and they are pretty expensive here right now and on base I could only get frozen. The one I didnt make was going to be a grilled tuna steak, stuffed with mushrooms and topped with a celery relish...but like I said I went with the other two idea's instead and limited my creativity to two dishes. One is a snack/appetizer and the other is a main meat dish. Both were really easy to make and had loads of flavor! If you try either I hope you enjoy! Heres the link to the Tuna Cream Bites.

Stuffed Tuna Packets (p1)
4 tuna steaks, rinsed and patted dry.

2 to 3 TAB fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tsp celery salt
salt and pepper to taste
5 to 6 TAB olive oil
2 TAB lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste

one small can of chopped portabella mushrooms (drained)
1TAB fresh cilantro, chopped
3 TAB roasted red bell pepper, diced (from jar)
approximately 1.5 to 2 TAB feta cheese, crumbled
1 to 1.5 tsp minced garlic
a drizzle of olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions: rinse and pat dry 4 Tuna steaks. Mix marinade in small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix filing ingredients with fork or hand mixer until blended but still chunky in texture.

Make a little slit in each raw tuna steak to create a little pocket. Fill the pickets with the filling mixture and place on a heavy duty sheet of foil.If you have left over filling or you don't want to make pockets topping the tuna with the filling mixture would be fine. After all four steaks are stuffed or topped with cheese mixture, drizzle marinade over each steak, equally (using all of it). Roll up foil and create little foil pockets/ pouches. I placed these on the grill but I'm sure you could cook them in a grill pan or oven (350 degrees). Cook approximately 25 to 30 mins til tuna is easy to flake and desired doneness. let cool a tiny bit as the foil will be hot - unwrap and serve!


Catherine said...

Oh my gosh DD! You are soooo creative! I can't believe you were the one whining about not being able to come up with anything!!!

Nau-Dee said...

I was a very tired whining baby i know...ha ha. actually i had idea's i just wasnt sure how they'd work out or if it was pushing the 5:4 rules too much...
thanks for the compliments!