Penne With Grilled Tuna and Crisp- Fried Capers

"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"
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  • 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.

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  1. teresas
    This is wonderful...I used albacore tuna...the flavors work great together...loved the fried capers...I'm going to keep that idea handy...I didn't grill my tuna just fried it in a cast iron pan...which I had used the leftover butter for time...I agree...don't put cheese on's great as is...I cut the recipe in half and also I cut back on the pasta...
  2. Thorsten
    A fantastic combination of pasta, tuna and capers. I followed exactyl the directions, except that I broiled the tuna. The capers needed exactly 12 minutes and were wonderful crisp. Yes, save the butter for later use, it is so delicious too. I drizzled the butter on slices of white bread and toasted it later. Do not overcook the tuna and it will have a fantastic taste. My tuna just need about two minutes on each side. The lemon juice in the sauce supports all the different flavors and adds a fantastic fresh note. Next time I might use some more lemon juice or serve the dish with lemon slices. If you miss cheese for topping, don't use cheese here. This dish is so wonderful the way described here. I only need about 30 minutes, so this pasta recipe is easy and fast to make. Thanks for sharing.



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