From The Admirals Kitchen
JC,s Fresh Tuna Tacos!!
Serve these tacos with salsa, shredded lettuce, sliced avocado and black olives. Corn and black bean salad finishes the meal—except for dessert.
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped red onion
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon minced canned chipotle chilies*
1 8-ounce ahi tuna steak, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 taco shells
Mix first 4 ingredients in small bowl. Place tuna in medium bowl; sprinkle with taco seasoning. Heat oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add tuna; sauté to desired doneness, about 3 minutes for medium. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in sour cream mixture. Cook just until heated through, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes (do not boil). Heat taco shells in microwave 20 seconds. Fill taco shells with tuna mixture.
Pan-Seared Orange Tuna with White Beans!!
2 tablespoons grated orange zest
2 tablespoons firmly-packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons finely-minced fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon coarse salt or sea salt
2 teaspoons coarsely-ground pepper
4 (4 to 6-ounce) 1-inch thick sushi quality tuna steaks
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon Champagne or white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups cooked white beans
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
In a small bowl, combine the orange zest, brown sugar, garlic, mustard, cumin, basil, salt and pepper. Reserve 1 tablespoon of this mixture for seasoning the white beans. Rub the remaining mix on the tuna steaks, coating them well.
In a heavy bottomed sauté pan or a cast-iron pan, warm the olive oil. Increase the heat to high and place the tuna in the pan. Sear for 1 minutes, then turn over carefully, reducing the heat to medium. Sear the other side for 1 more minutes until medium rare. Remove from heat.
NOTE: To grill the tuna steaks – prepare a medium-hot fire for grilling, and brush the grill with oil. Place the grill about three inches above the coals. Grill the tuna for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side for rare, 5 to 6 for medium rare.
In a large saucepan, whisk the orange juice, vinegar, and reserved spices. Bring to a simmer. Add the white beans and basil, tossing well until hot.
Place the beans on a large platter or individual serving plates; drizzle with olive oil. Place tuna steak over the beans and serve.
Makes 4 servings.
JC,s Baja Whiskey a Go Go Drink or Manhattan!
A well-made Manhattan is a thing of beauty, but a poorly made Manhattan can turn you off cocktails for a while. There are two recommended ways to drink this cocktail: with rye or with scotch. Using scotch turns this drink into a Rob Roy, but that’s just fine. We like those, too. Using bourbon or Tennessee whiskey for this drink is toeing the line into a surefire way to end up with a sickly sweet concoction.
The Manhattan should be a very simple drink: rye, vermouth, and bitters stirred with ice. The herbal notes of the vermouth need a strong spiciness for balance, and the bitters counteract its slight sweetness. When it comes to ordering at a bar, unless you specify, you’ll end up with a sweet, bourbon-based drink. Either specify you want a rye or just go straight for the Rob Roy. At home, play around with this recipe from The Food Network. As with the Old Fashioned, use a Luxardo cherry in place of a neon maraschino cherry.
2 parts whiskey
1 part sweet vermouth
1 to 2 dashes bitters, such as Angostura
Place ice in a cocktail shaker. Add the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters, and stir well. Rub the orange peel around the rim of the cocktail glass. Strain the drink into the glass. Add 1 or 2 cherries.
BEWARE: Remember if your not renting charter boats from companies who have been established in Cabo for the past 20 years ( Jc sport Fishing, Pisces Sport Fishing, Minervas, Redrum, Picante Fleet) you might have problems. They don’t even have an office you can go and confirm your charter boat. You do not want to spend a day walking around looking for the boat and where you board. If you wait till the day you are fishing and go to the dock where your boat is many times people will mislead you to another boat or dock trying to put you on a boat that was not meant for you. You need to have a person guide you to your boat, who is from a reputable charter company. This way there is no confusion or misleading. Please remember when renting Sport fishing boats in Cabo that you rent your boat from reputable and established business. Walk into a fishing fleet office and ask questions about what you are getting and what are the costs? You dont want to rent boats from vendors in the streets and you do not want to book through shady websites offering you the world. Check through travel forums about reputable fishing fleets to deal with. Look for testimonials about the fleet your booking your charter with. Ask about what will the boat be supplying? Will it include beverages or lunches? How much does it cost to fillet your catch? Check to see if charter boat is insured? Ask about getting your catch smoked? Check cost of fishing license. These are just a few things to consider when booking your charter boat. We will be talking more about this in next weeks fishing report. Until next time good fishing and we hope to see you in Cabo soon. Come by the office here in Cabo and get all the latest up to date fishing report.
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