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Serve with calabrian chiles for an extra kick!

Yellowfin Red Romaine Wraps

These quick and easy lettuce wraps are a warm weather standby for Chef Greg Baxtrom when he’s entertaining on his days off. They’re also delicious with grilled ribeye instead of the yellowfin. Using a mandolin to slice the veggies makes prep a cinch.

Serves 4

for the avocado lime sauce:
2 avocados
the juice of 3 limes

for the thai mignonette:
juice of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lime
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, coarsely ground
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

for the lettuce cups:
½ red onion, thinly sliced
1 small bunch red radishes, thinly sliced
1 persian cucumber, thinly sliced
1 small bunch scallions, sliced on the bias
2 serrano chiles, thinly sliced
1 bunch basil, leaves picked
1 bunch mint, leaves picked
1 bunch cilantro, leaves picked
¼ pound mung bean sprouts
2 heads red leaf romaine lettuce

1 pound yellowfin tuna loin

1 cup salted toasted peanuts, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

1 lemon and 1 lime quartered, for serving

1. First, prepare the sauces. For the avocado lime sauce, combine the avocados and lime juice in a food processor and blend until smooth, adding a little water as needed. For the thai mignonette, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Set aside until ready to serve.

2. Wash and prep the veggies and herbs. Store the sturdy veg like onion, radish, and cucumber in a bowl of ice water to keep them crunchy until ready to serve.

3. Cut the yellowfin lengthwise into 2-inch strips (cut along the grain). Brush with a little oil and lightly season with a salt. Sear on all 4 sides over high heat for about 60 seconds per side.

4. Toss the peanuts with the black sesame seeds and place in a small bowl.

6. When ready to serve, drain the veggies from the ice water. Arrange the lettuce, mung beans, shaved veggies, herbs, and sliced tuna on a large platter and serve with peanut-sesame seed mix and sauces on the side.

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