Using a sharp knife, slice the tuna into 1/2-inch strips with the grain, then cut the strips into triangular pieces and place them in a mixing bowl. Puree the ginger with the sliced garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Scrape the sides of the bowl, add the soy sauce, and slowly pour the oil in with the machine running. Drizzle this mixture over the fish and gently toss to cool. Marinate the tuna for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, combine the wasabi with a few drops of water, then add the minced garlic and mayonnaise. Add salt and pepper to taste and the green food coloring (if desired) to intensify the color of wasabi. Place the wasabi mayonnaise in a squeeze bottle if available. Remove the tuna from the marinade, place on a greased baking sheet, and bake it for 3 to 4 minutes, until the inside is pink. Or pan-sear in a hot skillet over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Place the pieces of tuna on rice crackers, and top each with a little wasabi aioli. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and diced red pepper.
MUSHROOM DUXELLE FOR PHYLLO KISSES
In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and saute the mushrooms for 15 to 20 minutes until all the moisture is gone. Add the shallots and garlic and saute 2 minutes longer. Remove the skillet from the heat and add in the Boursin, Asiago, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and allow it to cool in an uncovered bowl. While the mushroom mixture is cooling prepare the Phyllo. Layer 3 sheets of Phyllo pastry, lightly brushing each layer with melted butter using a pastry brush. Cut the layered Phyllo into 4-inch squares using a pastry wheel or sharp knife. Keep pastry covered with a lightly damp towel until ready to fill. Using a spoon, place a small amount of the mushroom duxelle into the center of each Phyllo square and draw the corners of the squares up to the center and twist. Lightly brush with melted butter and place in a lined baking sheet. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
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Recipe Courtesy of Pamela Morgan, President Flavors Catering
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