Well, I'm over the hump on the 10 day challenge and I find myself contemplating a spaghetti squash. It's been sitting in my kitchen for a good week, waiting to be made into something tasty. I halved and baked the squash and then contemplated one of the halves. I had been thinking of baking and then deep-frying the ribbony flesh into crisp golden tendrils, so I heated up some oil and set to adding the shredded squash to fry. The result was far from what I expected: The strings clung together in masses that looked like brambly, oil soaked nests. FAIL.
Very glad I had another half, I started again, this time deciding to try just a quick pan saute in olive oil, but keep the essence of the squash in tact. It wasn't as pretty, but I had a tasty blend of textures: vegetal and crisp. It looked like a nice bed to serve under... something. I had a plan for that, too: tuna steaks with a roasted garlic/peppercorn crust. They turned out as luscious as filet mignon, but with a balanced lightness that married well with the squash. I hope you try this, it's surprisingly good.
For a refresher on the rules of my 10 day, 3 ingredient challenge, check out the first post.
- 2 tuna steaks
- 1 spaghetti squash - cut in half and seeded
- 8 cloves of garlic, roasted
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Place squash face up on middle rack of oven and roast for 45 mins or until fork tender - remove and allow to cool
- Once cool enough to handle, begin using a fork to pull flesh out in ribbon-like "spaghetti"
- Heat olive oil in a medium ovenproof saute pan on medium-high and add half of the squash "spaghetti"
- Saute on medium-high for a couple of minutes, shaping like a pancake, then flip and repeat
- Remove to a paper towel to drain and sprinkle w/salt and pepper
- Repeat process w/second half of squash and set aside
- Turn on your oven's broiler to high
- Mash roasted garlic with a fork and add a tablespoon of roughly cracked peppercorns and sea salt to taste
- Press the garlic/pepper paste to each of the tuna steaks on one side
- Heat your ovenproof saute pan again on medium-high heat with more olive oil
- Add steaks, naked side down and sear for a few moments, shaking to ensure it does not stick to bottom
- Remove from stove and place under broiler for 2 - 4 mins depending on your broiler - you want the steaks to be just barely cooked on the outside, very pink in the middle
- Place one squash pancake on each plate and slice tuna steaks into medallions and serve on top of pancakes
Six down, four to go!