Strictly Suppers #3 – Salsa Sesame Tuna

Strictly Suppers 3

This is a weak one for the Strictly Suppers theme as the salsa was the accompaniment but it’s all I’ve got this week. I’ve always wanted to try sesame crusted tuna but never got round to it, so I could think of no better an opportunity than to try it out for my blog. I made this on a Tuesday night, for those of you who don’t know I play pool on Tuesday’s so I usually pushed for time, if I can prepare and cook it after coming home from work and before I go to pool then it’s fairly easy and straightforward.

The highest scoring celebrity Salsa this year was Jake Wood (Max Branning from Eastenders) who scored 35 while the lowest to date was Thom Evans who scored 25, both of these happened in week two.

Ingredients for Strictly Supper #3, Salsa Sesame Tuna

Ingredients for Strictly Supper #3, Salsa Sesame Tuna

If you hadn’t guessed already I love Tuna, and I love Strictly so this was a marriage made in heaven. The first thing to do was prepare the Salsa. I made a basic one for this recipe because it was quick and easy, I finely chopped the onion and then the tomatoes…. keep them as course or as fine as you like. Season with salt and pepper and add a good glug of extra virgin olive oil and the lime juice. Tomatoes can take a lot of pepper and salt so be generous, but remember to taste as you go along. Some people add sugar to tomatoes, I don’t, why, because I don’t like it lol!

Strictly Supper #3, Different Process For The Salsa in Salsa Sesame Tuna

Strictly Supper #3, Different Process For The Salsa in Salsa Sesame Tuna

In the past I’ve added chilli flakes, spring onions, chives lots of different ingredients to perk up a normal every day salsa. If you want to make different types of salsas check out the BBC Food website set this aside for later.

Strictly Supper #3, The Tuna Covered in Oil and Seasoning For The Salsa Sesame Tuna

Strictly Supper #3, The Tuna Covered in Oil and Seasoning For The Salsa Sesame Tuna

You’ll see above I oiled the tuna and then seasoned it with salt and pepper. It is important to oil the fish not the pan so that it doesn’t produce smoke. Cover the tuna steak with sesame seeds, try make sure that plenty of the sesame seeds stick to the fish…. You’ll notice below I didn’t do a very good job at this, but it was good enough for me 🙂

Strictly Supper #3, The Tuna Covered in Sesame Seeds For The Salsa Sesame Tuna

Strictly Supper #3, The Tuna Covered in Sesame Seeds For The Salsa Sesame Tuna

Now it’s time to cook the fish, put a frying pan on the hob and heat it until it’s very hot. This is important as it makes cooking the fish easier (in fact it makes cooking most things easier 🙂 ). Place the fish in the frying pan and fry for two and a half minutes (2:30) on each side (or as much or as little as you like). The fresher the fish the less time you have to cook it, if the fish is fresh from a fish mongers then you can serve as rare as you dare!

As you can see below I have served the salsa and the tuna with my mother’s chunky chips, you could use fried potatoes or some polenta.

    Strictly Supper #3 - Salsa Sesame Tuna and Mam's Home Made Chips

Strictly Supper #3 – Salsa Sesame Tuna and Mam’s Home Made Chips

This was a great little quick and easy mid week meal and with the lime juice in the salsa it was very fresh and zingy. My mother makes the best chips ever, my nieces and nephews love my mother’s chips and so do I so there was nothing else I could serve with them.

As always you can download our step-by-step recipe from the link here. Feel free to get in touch with ideas, questions etc, you can email enquiries@wheeliegoodmeals.co.uk or go to one of our Social Media pages.

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Strictly Supper #1 – Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken With Tomato Salsa and Spiced Potatoes

Strictly Suppers # 1

As a fairly big strictly fan I thought it was only fair to honour the show with its own Wheelie Good Meals feature. I can’t promise how religious I will be with this or how tenuous the links will be but with Alice and fellow strictly fan Greg helping me I’m sure we’ll get there.

So this week’s Strictly Supper is Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken With Tomato Salsa and Spiced Potatoes. It’s created in homage to the Cha-Cha-Cha…. in case you hadn’t guessed; this was performed by Gregg & Aliona in week one who are no longer in the competition.

Some of the Ingredients for Strictly Suppers # 1 - Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken With Tomato Salsa and Spiced Potatoes

Some of the Ingredients for Strictly Suppers # 1 – Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken With Tomato Salsa and Spiced Potatoes

This is the first time I’ve cooked Chicken like this (I’m ashamed to say!) It was so easy and cooked really well, I’ve had trouble in the past with overcooking/undercooking but this was great. Remember to follow safety guidelines when cooking chicken, I’ve given out some website addresses in the past, to find them check Alice’s Piri Piri Chicken out. This was really easy and straightforward to make, I know there’ are a few utensils and pieces of equipment but trust me it’s not a reflection on how the dish cooks but more how I like to have the right tool for the right job!

Utensils and Equipment for Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken With Tomato Salsa and Spiced Potatoes

Utensils and Equipment for Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken With Tomato Salsa and Spiced Potatoes

For the breadcrumbs I used Japanese Panko breadcrumbs because they are much crispier than normal run of the mill breadcrumbs you’d we’d make at home. I mixed these with Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley; I blitzed the cheese and parsley in the food processor. It is important to make sure there isn’t any moisture otherwise the cheese won’t blitz it’ll just turn into a claggy blob…. you’ll know when it happens to you. I used half a bag of crumbs to a very large handful of parsley and a large chunk of cheese; you can use however much of these you like – remember it’s all about taste 🙂

Panko Breadcrumbs with Parmesan and Parsley for the Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken

Panko Breadcrumbs with Parmesan and Parsley for the Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken

It is important to get the order right for the Flour Egg and Breadcrumb process (or Pané something). Make sure the bowls are lined up in the right order; my top tip here is to keep one hand for wet and one hand for dry. I’m a bit of a weird ‘erb when it comes to having mucky hands so this is the best system for me or you could ask someone else…. MAAAAAAAMM!!

Flour, egg and breadcrumbs ready for the Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken

Flour, egg and breadcrumbs ready for the Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken

When carrying out this process make sure you add salt to the egg as this helps to break down the protein in the egg which helps the crumbs stick. On to the spicy potatoes, I call them spicy but to be honest they weren’t overly spicy they were more tasty (as my mother would say). I’ve used my own spicy mix which on the whole is 1 tsp each of a lot of spices, I vary this from time to time depending on what mood I’m in or what I’m cooking but usually keep some in the cupboard as you can see from the picture below. I’ve used left over potatoes in this recipe, if you haven’t got left over potatoes, par-boil some in the microwave or on the hob then coat with the spices and fry.

Spiced Potatoes That Accompanied Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken With Tomato Salsa

Spiced Potatoes That Accompanied Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken With Tomato Salsa

For chicken, place the breasts into clingfilm, you do this because this will stop the breast from breaking up. Once you’ve wrapped them and their snug bash the living daylights out of them with a rolling pin or something equally as heavy until it is the thickness of a £1 coin. You can see the before and after (like a This Morning Makeover) pictures below:

Chicken Breast Before and After for the Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken

Chicken Breast Before and After for the Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken

Once you’ve done this set it aside to rest, there’s no particular reason for doing this, I just left it while I made the salsa. I make lots of different variations on salsa, and in keeping with the strictly theme you’ll see them soon but for this one it was quick and simple. I simply chopped up the onion and tomatoes in to quarters placed them in the food processor, with lime juice, spring onions, olive oil and salt and pepper. Blitz until you have the consistency you are looking for, I blitzed it so that it was quite fine, see the ingredients below:

Tomato Salsa To Acompany Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken

Tomato Salsa To Acompany Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken

Now carry out the pané process dredging the breasts in flour (it is important to shake off excess flour), then with another hand dipping them in the egg and then into the breadcrumbs. It is important to make sure that the whole breast is covered in breadcrumbs; any parts without crumbs may burn.  Your breast should look something like this below (only without the photography effects 😆 )

Crumbed Chicken Breast Ready For Frying

Crumbed Chicken Breast Ready For Frying

The get your hob on, turn your griddle pan and frying pan/wok up fairly high and add oil (I’d also add butter with the potatoes to make sure the spices don’t stick to the pan). Transfer the chicken to the griddle pan and fry on high heat for five minutes per side. While frying the chicken transfer the potatoes to the frying pan and stir regularly, you should cook these on a medium to high heat. Because they are left over potatoes you don’t need to cook them just brown them.

Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken With Tomato Salsa and Spiced Potatoes in all it's Glory

Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken With Tomato Salsa and Spiced Potatoes in all it’s Glory

Once cook place the chicken on a clean plate for resting for a minute or so. As you can see above I placed the potatoes in the centre of the plate, then top with the chicken and spoon some of the salsa around the edge.

Thanks to Greg for the Cha-Cha-Char Grilled idea, come back next week to see what other Wheelie Good Strictly Supper I’ve made.

Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken With Tomato Salsa and Spiced Potatoes

Cha-Cha-Char-Grilled Chicken With Tomato Salsa and Spiced Potatoes

As always you can download our step-by-step recipe from the link here. Feel free to get in touch with ideas, questions etc, you can email enquiries@wheeliegoodmeals.co.uk or go to one of our Social Media pages.

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