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Tip

If your cucumber is skinny, cut it on the bias to create a little more surface area.

Seared Tuna Bites

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Seared tuna is always a crowd pleaser, and serving it on cucumber slices helps keep things light.

Makes 24 appetizers

24 1/3-inch slices English cucumber (about ½ large cucumber)

¼ pound sushi-grade albacore or ahi tuna, cut into roughly 1-inch x 1-inch strips

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper

1 ripe avocado

2 teaspoons mirin

2 teaspoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons sesame oil

microgreens

lemon juice, to finish

1. Heat a small non-stick sauté pan over high heat.

2. Coat tuna in olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper.

3. Sear tuna for about 30 seconds on each side, or to taste. (Some people like their tuna more well done, some less, but we think two minutes total achieves a nice temperature.)

4. Remove to a cutting board and let cool (you can do this in advance and keep tuna chilled in the fridge).

5. Meanwhile, scoop avocado flesh into a bowl, add mirin, soy, and sesame oil, and use a fork to mash avocado and combine all ingredients.

6. To plate the dish, slice seared tuna into 24 thin slices, and top each cucumber disc with one.

7. Spoon over a dollop of mashed avocado, garnish with microgreens, and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

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