Special equipment: oak, cherry or hickory wood for smoking, stovetop smoker or old roasting pan
Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Arrange tomatoes, cut side up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle the minced garlic and parsley on top. Drizzle with olive oil, place in the oven and roast until somewhat dry, but still pliable, about 5 hours.
Light a small amount of wood in your outdoor grill and allow it to burn thoroughly, about 30 minutes. When the wood is down to the smoky embers, transfer it to the smoker or a roasting pan that you don't mind scorching. Place the roasting pan containing the burning wood in the oven along with the fish and allow it to smoke for about 5 to 10 minutes. Be careful not to oversmoke and thus overpower the albacore flavor. (Chef's Note: The amount of time the fish should be smoked will vary depending on the size of your oven. Mitchell recommends experimenting to your taste.)
Mix the herbes de Provence and coarse salt together. Coat the exterior of the albacore with the mixture. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sear the fish on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes total, keeping the center rare.
To serve, place a mound of white bean puree just off-center on each plate. Cut the albacore into slices and fan out around the white bean puree. Add the roasted tomatoes and drizzle pesto all around the plate. Serve with sauteed greens, asparagus, or haricots verts, if desired.
Soak the dried white beans in 2 quarts of water overnight.
Drain the beans, put in a pot with the onion, garlic and water to cover by several inches. Simmer until beans are tender, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Drain. While still warm, put in a food processor and puree with butter, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm until ready to serve.
In a food processor, pulse the garlic, lemon juice, and herbs until coarsely chopped. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil until the herbs are minced but the mixture is still slightly chunky. Add the cheese and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.
Recipe courtesy of Bouchon Santa Barbara