The fried capers add a nice unexpected touch--be sure to save the butter drained from them for another use, such as flavoring vegetables. I dipped some bread in it and that proved quite tasty, too. Watch the tuna closely---the chunks are easy to overcook, in which case they will be dry. -Adapted from License to Grill
- 1⁄3 cup capers
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 1⁄2 lbs tuna, cut into 1 inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- freshly cracked black pepper
- 12 ounces penne or 12 ounces other dry pasta, of your choice
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
- 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1⁄2 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the capers and butter and bring to a simmer; the pan should be big enough so the capers can move around and fry freely, which will take 10-12 minutes (they should be golden brown and crispy when they are finished).
- Drain off remaining butter and put the capers on a paper towel to drain.
- While the capers are cooking, thread the tuna chunks on skewers, brush with the vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place the skewers on the grill over a medium-hot fire and cook for 3-4 minutes per side (to check for doneness cut into one of the chunks--it should be pink but not red in the center).
- Remove from grill and let cool until they are cool enough to slide off the skewers.
- In the meantime, bring 4 quarts of salted water to boil in a large pot over high heat; add the pasta, return to boil and cook for 8-10 minutes, until pasta is tender but not mushy.
- Drain and place in a large bowl.
- Add the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, grilled tuna and salt and pepper to taste; add capers, toss well, and serve.