Ahi Tuna Salad

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This is my take on salad nicoise made with seared ahi tuna. Serve it with Parmesan Bread for a wonderful Parisian Dinner.

Ingredients:
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
2 tomatoes, quartered
4 radishes, sliced thin
Olives
Capers
Cornichons
8 anchovy fillets
8 oz butter lettuce torn
8 small potatoes, steamed and cooled
8 oz haricots vert, steamed and cooled
1/4 c snipped chives
1 lb ultra fresh ahi tuna
Espelette pepper
Salt

Dressing:
1/4 c olive oil
Zest of one lemon
1 TBSP lemon juice
2 tsp dijon mustard
Salt and pepper

Combine dressing ingredients in a small jar and shake.

Toss a little dressing with the lettuce, place about 2 oz on each plate (4 total). Add green beans to the bowl and toss with a little dressing, divide among plates.

Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat. Slice tuna into 4 pieces. Season with salt and espelette and sear about 1 min per side.

Meanwhile divide remaining ingredients among the plates.

Add the tuna sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Serves 4.

Parmesan Bread

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This one is from Patricia Wells The Paris Cookbook and its tastes as good as it looks. It takes about 3 hours of mostly hands off time.

Ingredients:
1 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 1/3 c lukewarm water
2 TBSP olive oil
2 tsp salt
3 3/4 c bread flour
3 oz grated parmigiano
1 large egg beaten with 1 TBSP cold water

In the bowl of a stand mixer stir together yeast, sugar and water. Let sit for 5 min until bubbly. Dump flour and cheese in and knead with bread hook for 6 – 7 minutes until it bounces back when touched.

Shape into a ball and cover with Saran Wrap for 1 hour.

Punch down and form into a rectangle, place in a 1 qt loaf pan. Cover with a towel and let rest 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 425.

Brush with egg wash. Slash the top with a razor of serrated knife several times.

Bake for 35 – 40 min until golden and instant read thermometer reads 200.

Transfer to a rack a cool.