Cold smoked toro with Osetra caviar
- For the toro cure
- 340g salt
- 200g sugar
- 45ml vodka
- 1 tsp freshly ground white peppercorns
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground fennel seed
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- Grated zest of 1 lime
- 225g toro (blue fin tuna belly)
- For serving:
- 1 spring onion or baby leek
- 1 tbsp Osetra caviar
- 1 tbsp creme fraiche, in squirt bottle
- Daikon (mooli) sprouts, for garnish
- 1 lemon
- Warm bread, for garnish
2) Remove the toro from the cure, rinse it in cold water, and dry well with kitchen paper. Place it in a slotted pan. Light 2 pieces of fig wood over a burner, set the smoking branches in a large roasting tin, and place 4 large ring moulds or ramekins in four corners of the pan. Set a wire rack on top of the moulds, and a bag of ice on the wire rack. Finally, put the slotted pan over the ice and cover it quickly with tinfoil. Let it cold-smoke for 30 mins. Vacuum-pack the toro and freeze just until it firms.
3) To serve: Shave the onion bulb, and thinly julienne the tops. On a deli slicer, shave the toro thinly, about 3mm thick. Work slice by slice, laying each on a plate as quickly as possible. When all the toro is sliced, garnish each with several small dollops of caviar, small drops of creme fraiche, the onion bottoms and tops, and daikon sprouts. Using a small zester, grate lemon zest over the top. Serve with warm bread.
This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.