Grilled Tuna Steaks with Eggplant and ZucchiniFeatured by Scott Cellars in the Pinot Noir Wine Club.
4 tuna steaks (6-8 ounces)
1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
6 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves chopped about 3 tablespoons
Steak seasoning blend, or coarse salt and pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil, about 2 tablespoons
Eggplant and Zucchini Topping:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small, firm eggplant
1 small zucchini
1 small yellow squash
6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves chopped, 2 tablespoons
Salt and pepper
2 small vine ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
Preheat grill pan to high or preheat grill or charcoal. Coat tuna in balsamic and season with rosemary, salt and pepper. Drizzle fish with oil, coating lightly on both sides, about 2 tablespoons oil total.
Preheat a medium nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan in a slow stream. Add garlic, onion and sauté 2 or 3 mintues. Dice the zucchini and squash while the onion begins to soften. Add the zucchini and squash to the pan and turn to coat and combine with garlic and onion.
Slice eggplant into strips and dice, then add to the pan. Turn to combine all of the vegetables. Add thyme, salt and pepper to season the mixture. Cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently, 10 minutes, until vegetables are just fork tender.
Grill tuna 2 to 3 minutes on each side for rare, up to 6 minutes on each side for well done. When tuna is done and vegetables are fork tender, stir chopped tomatoes into eggplant and zucchini mixture and remove vegetables from heat. Serve the tuna steaks with vegetable mixture on top.