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SPICY TUNA ROLLS WITH SESAME CUCUMBERS

Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence 9.04.09-tff-01 SPICY TUNA ROLLS WITH SESAME CUCUMBERS Yield: serves 4 Time: 18 minutes Sesame Cucumbers: 1 hothouse cucumber, sliced 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes Spicy Tuna Rolls: 1/2 pound sushi-grade tuna 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 teaspoon hot chile paste, such as sambal 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 2 sheets of nori sprouts for garnish 9.04.09-tff-02 First make the cucumber salad. Toss together the cucumber slices, sesame oil, sesame seeds, lemonjuice, salt, and red pepper flakes in a bowl.  Set it aside so that the cucumber has time to absorb the flavors of the marinade. 9.04.09-tff-03 9.04.09-tff-04 Cube the tuna and put it into a medium bowl.  Add the mayonnaise, chile paste, sesame seeds, sesame oil, and lemon juice and gently fold together. 9.04.09-tff-05 9.04.09-tff-06 To assemble the rolls, cut each nori sheet into 4 squares.  Put one square on your cuting board but turn it so that it looks like a diamond, with the points at top and bottom.  put a spoonfulof tuna in the center and spread it out so that it covers the middle third of the diamond, running from top to bottom points. 9.04.09-tff-07 Top with a few radish sprouts.  Fold the left side over and then the right, like you’re folding a burrito, and seal the nori with a dab of water. 9.04.09-tff-08 Repeat to make 8 tuna rolls.  Serve with sesame cucumbers and eat immediately.

Edited: October 2nd, 2009