Lunchbreak: Iron Chef Morimoto makes tuna pizza with anchovy aioli

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Japonais by Morimoto
600 W. Chicago Avenue
(312) 822-9600

Tuna Pizza with Anchovy Aioli
Makes 4 servings

4 flour tortillas, about 7 inches in diameter
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup barbecued eel sauce (available in Asian specialty stores)
10 ounces sushi-grade tuna, thinly sliced
2 fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives
Anchovy Aioli
baby cilantro or sprouts, for garnish

Prepare a medium fire in a barbecue grill or set a cast-iron grill pan over medium heat. Brush each tortilla lightly on both sides with olive oil. Brush 2 tablespoons of the barbecued eel sauce over one side of each tortilla. Grill, sauced side down, for 1 to 2 minutes, until lightly browned grill marks appear. Rotate 90 degrees and grill for 1 to 2 minutes, until crisscross marks appear and the tortillas are fairly crisp. Turn the tortillas over and grill until the second side is crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Arrange tuna slices over the tortillas. Scatter the jalapeño peppers, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and olives over the tortilla. Drizzle the Anchovy Aioli decoratively over the pizza. Garnish with cilantro or sprouts.

Anchovy Aioli
Makes about one cup

2 egg yolks
1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons anchovy paste
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup vegetable oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a food processor, combine the egg yolks, vinegar, lemon juice, anchovy paste, and soy sauce. Blend well. With the machine on, very slowly add the olive oil and vegetable oil in a slow, thin stream, processing until the mayonnaise is emulsified and thick. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

While this intensely flavored mayonnaise is used as a decorative sauce on the tuna pizza, it’s an excellent accompaniment to steamed or grilled fish and makes a fabulous potato salad. Stored in a tightly covered container, the sauce will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Note: the word aioli is used as a conceit here; there is no garlic in the recipe.

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