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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 4, Day 1

Pan-Seared Tuna Mustard Cream
Patatas Castellanas (Castilian-Style Potatoes)
Braised Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes)

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     The tuna is best if done at the last minute for rare or medium rare.  We use the rest of the onion later in the week.

Pan-Seared Tuna Mustard Cream 

Total time: 15 minutes
     This is best with good sushi-grade (ahi) tuna that is quickly seared on both sides and cool or just barely warm in the center.  If you get regular tuna you will need to cook it until it is closer to medium. If you use hot mustard (like I do) this sauce will have a bit of a kick... You can, of course, use less...

Pan-Seared Tuna Mustard Cream Ingredients:

 Instructions

Patatas Castellanas (Castilian-Style Potatoes)

Total time: 30 minutes
    These flavorful potatoes, are braised in a skillet with paprika, garlic and onion, with a bit of flour to thicken. Great served with spicy pork or chicken.

Patatas Castellanas (Castilian-Style Potatoes) Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Braised Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes)

Total time: 30 minutes 
    Braising can add a lot of flavor to vegetables as well as meats, usually with little or no added fat. I added Herbes de Provence to these but almost any herb will work: thyme, basil, marjoram, rosemary.

Braised Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes)  Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet with lid, medium skillet with lid, small
skillet with lid
Chop onion
Mince garlic
Sauté onion, garlic
Cut potatoes
Add potatoes to onions, sauté
Make Mustard Cream
Add paprika, flour to potatoes, stir, sauté
Add stock, stir, cover, cook

Peel sunchokes, cut
Put in skillet, add stock, herbs, cover, braise
Cut garlic for tuna
    Pause while vegetables cook
Check potatoes
Heat oil in skillet for tuna
Sauté garlic, remove
Add tuna, sear
Uncover potatoes, cook off any liquid
Turn tuna, sear
Finish sunchokes
Remove tuna
Serve, Mustard Cream on the side