Monday, August 29, 2011

Ahi Tuna Poke


This is my second month participating in the Secret Recipe Club.  What is the Secret Recipe Club you ask?  The concept is simple.  A group of food bloggers each get assigned another persons blog...and the assignments are....you guessed it, a secret.  You browse the blog you have been assigned that month and then choose a recipe to make and blog about.  Everyone reveals their posts on the same day.  What I love about the Secret Recipe Club is it is a great way to get know new blogs.  I'm always super excited the day the blog assignments are handed out.  I can't wait to check out my assigned blog and see what it's all about and what tasty dish I might make.

This month I was assigned Mary Anne and Mariel's blog, Feast on the Cheap.  These two very talented ladies are a mother daughter team.  Mary Anne is a professional caterer and Mariel is a writer who contributes regularly to publications like Martha Stewart Living, Self and Redbook and describes herself as a "fledgling foodie".  Feast on the Cheap is all about delicious, affordable homemade food.  Mary Anne and Mariel provide a cost per serving for every recipe and have a wide array of dishes that elevate food to a gourmet status.  I spent quite a bit of time drooling over all the wonderful recipes on their site. It was difficult to choose just one.  Initially I had my eye on New England Clam Chowder, Cheesecake Brownies with Glazed Mixed Berries and Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry Mint Glaze.  I have bookmarked all three for future indulgences.  But at the end of day I selected the Ahi Tuna Poke for two reasons.  I knew Hubby would love it and it didn't require me turning on the oven or serving a hot soup on a hot summer day. 


Ahi Poke is a light, delicious and simple appetizer that can be whipped together in no time.  You can serve it with crispy fried wontons, tortilla chips or crisp pita wedges.  I stayed pretty true to the original recipe in terms of the ingredients only making one small change to add in sliced green onions.  I halved the recipe and Hubby and I had it for a light Sunday dinner (recovering from a somewhat heavy lunch).  I used half the ingredients to make a layered mold so I could take a photo.  To make the mold I used a short wide mouthed drinking glass and lined it with plastic wrap.  I took a little liberty with how I layered it in the event that Hubs wasn't a huge fan of the heat from the siracha chile sauce.  I took a small portion of each of the ingredients (ahi, cucumber, tomato, avocado and green onion) and mixed it with the sauce (chile sauce, soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil and dijon mustard--I omitted the mustard).  That's how the Feast of the Cheap ladies served the entire dish.  But Hubs is not a huge fan of spicy stuff so I only used the spicy mixture in the middle layer.  The rest of the layers were sauce-less.  And I had some extra sauce on the side for those of who like a little more heat (i.e., me).  Turns out Hubby liked the spice!  Now I have a huge bottle of siracha chile sauce to use up.  ;)  This recipe is a keeper!

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the blog see what the other Secret Recipe Club bloggers made this month.


Ahi Tuna Poke
from Feast on the Cheap

Serves 20 appetizer portions

Ahi Mixture:
1 1/2 pounds of sushi grade ahi tuna, chopped
1 cucumber peeled, seeded and chopped
3 avocados pitted, peeled and chopped
2 ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
Optional: 2 green onions thinly sliced (this was my addition)

Sauce:
2 tablespoons chili sauce (siracha)
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce or Tamari sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons mirin wine
1 teaspoon dijon mustard (optional) - I omitted

Whisk all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.  In a large bowl combine the ahi tuna, cucumber, avocados, tomatoes and green onions (if using).  Pour sauce over the ahi and vegetables and gently stir to evenly coat all the ingredients with the sauce.  Serve with crispy fried wontons, tortilla chips or crisp pita wedges.

22 comments:

  1. I love tuna poke and my husband and I always order it when out. I have never thought of making it at home. I am definitely going to try!

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  2. This looks perfect for the hot weather lately, and my husband loves anything I can get sriracha involved with, great photos!

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  3. my husband would devour this! Great photos.

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  4. This is beautiful!! I love ahi tuna poke, and I am so glad I now have a step by step tutorial on how to make my own. Your photos turned out beautiful as well, great job.

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  5. What gorgeous photos! It's so nice to meet you, you have a beautiful blog

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  6. Gorgeous! We would love this, I'm going to have to make it very soon.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A" ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  7. What a beautiful recipe to tackle for SRC. I believe this is my first time to your blog, but your photos are beautiful and your write up of Feast on the Cheap is great!

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  8. This looks so good! And your pictures are just gorgeous! I love all the colours! Great pick for the SRC!

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  9. You did a beautiful job with this dish. Bravo!

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  10. Beautiful presentation! Hubby would love this.
    I just read your 'getting ot know you', I think we could be good friends. I also have a great assortment of scoops that I use for everything and I love baking cookies!
    Have a great day.

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  11. Feast on the Cheap is one of my favorite sites (they are how I discovered SRC). I so wish I could make this, but fresh Ahi tuna is a no go in Montana. Is there a such thing as grass fed cattle poke? Wait that's steak tartare..never mind. Regardless it looks amazing!

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  12. Hey Gloria, this looks awesome. I love ahi tuna and combined with Siracha is a huge plus for me! Thanks for stopping by my place and just to add you take some good looking pictures, your blog looks good.
    Thanks for sharing..

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  13. This looks wonderful, and I just LOVE how you arranged it on the plate. I love raw fish. Bookmarking this to try soon.

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  14. Oh, I think this is the SCR recipe I'd most like to eat! Fabulous!!!

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  15. Goregous! I am a huge Poke lover and could eat this probably every day :) Looks so good. nice work!

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  16. Sushi grade tuna is like the BOMB so I just adore this one, looks great.

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  17. Such a pretty photo Gloria! I'm pretty sure I couldn't get Shane to try this, but maybe I'll have to make it for me one night when he's not around!

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  18. That is one beautiful dish! Photos look so professional! Visiting from SRC :)

    http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com

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  19. OK, that is astoundingly gorgeous! It would make just as great a centerpiece as a meal. YUM!

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  20. This is totally my kind of meal. Great photos too! Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my post for September :) http://su.pr/1Sizv9
    Also: I would love if you added this and any other links to my "Happy Post" today. http://su.pr/1bZ8fp

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