As it is the Lenten season, I am abstaining from eating meat on Fridays. I found in my files a recipe for Hawaiian Tuna Burgers with Maui Wowee Salsa. I believe my husband found this recipe somewhere years ago and I finally decided to make it.
Since I was working the midafternoon shift, I wanted to get a jump start on my supper preparation. I went to Wegmans to purchase my tuna. I know I had said I wanted to try Local 130, but they open at 10 and I was impatient to wait. I paid about $20/per lb. for fresh tuna from Costa Rica. I picked up a few other ingredients that I needed for the recipe such as pickled ginger, Panko breadcrumbs and fresh cilantro.
Finely chopping fresh tuna must be an art, because I don't think my dice was small enough. What I mean by that is that my burgers didn't appear that they would hold up to cook on the grill. The next time I'm going to have to allow enough time to finely dice the tuna or use the food processor and pulse it a few times until it gets to the right texture. In the meantime, it was a wise decision to cook them on foil paper instead of directly on the grill.
I also prepared the salsa before I left for work. As I wasn't able to purchase a Maui onion, I opted instead for a Vidalia onion. The salsa had time for the flavors to meld together and was as nice contrast to the tuna burger.
Overall a successful meal that was enjoyed. We've never had tuna burgers before so it was a delicious change of pace. Just a side note, as it was just my husband and myself, I cut the tuna burger recipe in half.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.