Lake Norman Magazine

New take on tuna

Avocado Tuna Bite-Poke

Poke, pronounced poe-kay, is a traditional Hawaiian dish that consists of a soy sauce marinated chunks of tuna mixed with seaweed and chili flakes and served cold. The word poke means “to slice or cut” and that is exactly how to start this version. Rough chop the tuna into bite size pieces and marinate with ponzo, a citrus flavored soy sauce, and green onions.Fry up some wonton wrappers and top with a simple mash of avocado, cilantro and lime. Top the fried wontons with some of the avocado mash and the fresh marinated tuna and serve.This is a delicious, clean and tasty bite to serve before any meal or as a hors d’oeuvre for any dinner party. 1 lb. ahi (yellow fin) Tuna-diced

3 Tbsp ponzo or soy sauce

2 green onions, sliced thin, green tops reserved for garnish

1 avocado

¼ cup cilantro

1 lime, juice of

kosher salt/black pepper, to taste

fried wonton wrappers or scoops tortilla chips (optional spicy version, add diced and deseeded chipotle peppers)Assemble:1. Place tuna on a cutting board and chop into a small dice, or place in food processor and pulse.

2. Combine tuna with ponzo, green onion and place in refrigerator.

3. Half, remove pit, scoop out flesh of avocados and place in mixing bowl with cilantro, lime juice (chipotle if using) and salt/pepper.

4. Mash until smooth with a potato masher or place in food processor until smooth.

5. Place avocado puree in a zip lock bag, cut off corner and begin assembling.

6. Lay several chips out on a serving platter. Squeeze in avocado, top with tuna, garnish with green onion tops and serve.