Those of you who know me, know that Tarzan cooks at our house. Last night I decided to fix Tuna Steak for dinner and called him to warn him so he wouldn't start cooking. I found the recipe on the Target website. Wrote down the 4 ingredients I didn't have at home and went to my local Super Target to buy those special ingredients.

THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY OF THEM. AAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!

I then went to Fry's next door. THEY HAD ONLY ONE OF THE INGREDIENTS. DOUBLE AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!

My competitive spirit kicked in and I decided I could fix this dinner with substitutes and things made from scratch. It was AWESOME! Here is the recipe from Target, followed by my substitution for the Tassos(tm) Black Olive Bruchetta Topping

Lemon Pepper Seared Tuna Steaks with Black Olive Orzo
Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes (350 degrees)

What you need:
4 tuna steaks (I used Orange Roughy, it was good)
Lemon pepper seasoning
4 cups cooked orzo pasta
(Fry's had something close very small pasta)
1/2 cup Tassos
Black Olive Bruchetta Topping (see recipe below)
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 bunch basil, roughly chopped
1 lemon


What you do:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in oven safe skillet over high heat. Pat tuna dry, season and add to pan.
  2. Cook 2 minutes per side.
  3. Place skillet in oven 12-14 minutes, until steaks are cooked through.
  4. Toss orzo with 2 tablespoons olive oil, bruschetta topping, tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper.
  5. Place orzo on each plate and top with tuna steak. Serve with lemon wedges.
(Submitted by SuperTarget)

Since they didn't have the Tassos Black Olive Bruschetta Topping and I didn't know what it was supposed to be like, I made this up:

Place all of the following in a food processor and process until finely chopped

2 cans pitted black olives
2 bottles of seasoned artichoke hearts in oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 small can of Ortega chopped chilis
Salt to taste

I love this stuff and this amount made enough to put some on crusty bread and top with cheese and put it under the broiler to melt the cheese. Oh, yes, and I couldn't get Tuna so I made it with Orange Roughy and it was very good.

5 comments

I LOOOOOOOOVE bruschetta and orzo so that recipe sounds like a winner. And I Have been there with Super Target. I can't tell you how many times I have gone there for one or two ingredients and they don't have them!

I hate when you can't find all you need at one store. That's why I stopped going to Fry's. I'm glad everything turned out well for you though.
Are you still willing to share your recipe that's too good to share with Tarzan?

Taisey, I don't know which recipe you are talking about, but I will share any recipe I have, remind me which one.

Anonymous  

Hi Sandi,

I just saw your post regarding Tassos Tapenades (bruschettas) and thought to refer you to our very new website, Tassos.com.

There you will find all that you are looking for and more. Send us your recipe (using the "Your Wisdom" link)! We'll try to re-create it in our test kitchen. If we post your recipe, then we will photograph the plate giving you the credit and will also send you a free Tassos T-shirt just to say "thanks for sharing."

Sharing is Hospitality,

Michael F. Chronopoulos
Tassos Enterprises