Grilled Tuna Nicoise Platter

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
45 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 8 (1-inch-thick) fresh tuna steaks (about 4 pounds)
  • Good olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 pound French string beans (haricots verts), stems removed and blanched
  • 1 recipe French Potato Salad, recipe follows
  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges (6 small tomatoes)
  • 8 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and cut in 1/2
  • 1/2 pound good black olives, pitted
  • 1 bunch watercress or arrugula
  • 1 can anchovies (optional)
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 tablespoons good olive oil
  • French Potato Salad:
  • 1 pound small white boiling potatoes
  • 1 pound small red boiling potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons good dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced scallions (white and green parts)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons julienned fresh basil leaves
Directions
For the vinaigrette:

To grill the tuna, get a charcoal or stove-top cast iron grill very hot. Brush the fish with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill each side for only 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. The center should be raw, like sushi, or the tuna will be tough and dry. Arrange the tuna, haricots verts, potato salad, tomatoes, eggs, olives, watercress, and anchovies, if used, on a large flat platter.

For the vinaigrette, combine the vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to make an emulsion. Drizzle some over the fish and vegetables and serve the rest in a pitcher on the side.

French Potato Salad:

Drop the white and red potatoes into a large pot of boiling salted water and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until they are just cooked through. Drain in a colander and place a towel over the potatoes to allow them to steam for 10 more minutes. As soon as you can handle them, cut in 1/2 (quarters if the potatoes are larger) and place in a medium bowl. Toss gently with the wine and chicken stock. Allow the liquids to soak into the warm potatoes before proceeding.

Combine the vinegar, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and slowly whisk in the olive oil to make an emulsion. Add the vinaigrette to the potatoes. Add the scallions, dill, parsley, basil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and toss. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes


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