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Tuna Carpaccio

Mary Ann Esposito

Chef Jasper White says that since this version of Tuna Carpaccio was inspired by Mary Ann, he decided to name it after her. After testing it, he decided that it is so good that he has run it as a special at his restaurant. The fennel pollen in the recipe is optional. It is a great addition but it is expensive and not that easy to find. The aged balsamic vinegar, which is sweet and syrupy, is expensive too, but it is important to this preparation – you only need a little bit. SERVES 4


14 to 16 ounces yellowfin or bluefin tuna – preferably a thick chunk
1 small fennel bulb, sliced paper thin (save a few fronds for garnish)
1 grapefruit, cut into sections – no ribs, no pith
1 thumb size piece (1 ounce) fresh ginger, peeled
1 large or 2 small shallots, very finely diced
1/2 teaspoon fennel pollen (optional)
2 tablespoons fruity, green olive oil
2 teaspoons aged Balsamic vinegar
Coarse sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper


Before you start: chill the 4 plates (9 or 10 inch) that you will serve the tuna on.

Using a very sharp knife, slice the tuna across the widest part, very thinly. Place the tuna slices between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and, using the flat side of a light cleaver or even wide chef’s knife, pound the tuna lightly, a few pieces at a time. Arrange the slices to fill the center of the chilled plates. Cover each plate with plastic wrap pressed lightly against the tuna. Keep chilled. This can be done hours in advance.

Combine the sliced fennel and the grapefruit sections with a bit of the grapefruit juice. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and keep refrigerated. This can also be done an hour or 2 in advance. Reserve 4 fennel fronds for garnish, as well as a few that are finely chopped, (2 tablespoons), to sprinkle on the Carpaccio.

Use a micro plane or fine grater and grate the ginger. Place in a bowl.

When ready to serve, uncover the plates. Lightly rub the tuna with the freshly grated ginger. Place a small heap of the fennel and grapefruit mixture in the center of each plate. Now sprinkle the chopped shallots, chopped fennel fronds and fennel pollen over the tuna (and the grapefruit mixture). Drizzle with olive oil and a few drops of Balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle on the sea salt and then grind the pepper over the plates. Serve immediately.

This recipe is featured on show 2013 – Tuna!

item recipe is featured in Episode 2013 of Season 20.

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    barbara lauratis

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    i am totally impressed with having a video with the recipe! thanks

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