Tuna Confit with Warm Bean Salad
Howard L. Puckett
Yield: Makes 6 servings
- 1 pound ahi tuna, cut into chunks
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 8 black peppercorns
- 2 dried red arbol chile peppers*
- 3 1/4 cups olive oil, divided
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans chickpeas, undrained
- 1 cup tightly packed fresh baby spinach
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup roasted red bell pepper strips
- 1/4 cup pimiento-stuffed olives
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Place fish in an 8- x 8-inch baking dish; rub with 2 teaspoons salt, garlic, thyme, and fennel. Arrange peppercorns and chile peppers in dish. Pour 1/4 cup oil over fish mixture. Cover and chill 8 hours.
- Add just enough remaining olive oil to cover fish (about 3 cups).
- Bake at 200° 1 hour and 15 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork. Cool; remove fish from pan, reserving oil mixture.
- Heat 2 tablespoons reserved oil mixture in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion; cook 15 minutes or until golden, stirring often.
- Drain chickpeas, reserving 1/3 cup liquid. Add chickpeas, spinach, reserved chickpea liquid, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and black pepper to onion mixture. Cook onion mixture 7 to 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated and spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally. Serve fish over spinach mixture. Top each serving evenly with red bell pepper strips, olives, lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon reserved oil mixture.
- *If you can't find red arbol chile peppers, you can substitute cayenne or serrano peppers.
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