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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuna Daikon Bake

I wasn't sure how this dish would turn out. It's one of those "I don't have much left in the pantry, so I'm going to throw whatever I can into the pot." This was the result of all that. Tuna, diakon radish, orzo pasta. A trio you wouldn't really find together. Okay maybe you would, but not something you'd easily find appealing to eat.

I turned the tuna and daikon radish in a sauce with some diced chunk tomatoes. A tuna-daikon sauce. The cool thing about the radish is that it absorbs the flavors its put in. Assembled it like you would for any pasta rish and placed it in a casserole. Topped it with a good helping of cheese.

Serves 3

Tuna Daikon Bake

1 c uncooked orzo
1 5-6 oz can tuna in oil
1 daikon radish - peeled and chopped
1 12 oz diced tomatoes
1 garlic clove - chopped
2 green onions - chopped
1 to 1 1/2 c shredded cheese - your choice
extra virgin olive oil

Drain most, but not all the oil from the tuna.

Bring a pot with water to a boil. When boiling, season with salt and drizzle of olive oil and cook the orzo until al dente. Roughly 8-10 minutes. Be sure to give the pasta a quick stir to keep them from sticking to each other. Drain the water and set aside.

In a sauce pan, heat a little olive oil and saute the garlic for 30 seconds. Then add the green onions and saute until slightly tender. Add the tuna and heat for roughly 2-3 minutes.

Next add the tomatoes. bring to a boil then lower the heat and let it simmer. Add the diakon radish. Add the orzo to the tuna daikon sauce and mix well. Place the pasta mixture in a casserole and top with the cheese.

Preheat your oven to 350˚F

Place the casserole in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Serve warm.


Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

What a great idea! I think sometimes the best new dishes are created when we have little to work with!

Mary Bergfeld said...

You are a clever cook. This looks quite good.

Debbie said...

Oh I just love that combo and it looks delicious!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

What a great little meal you made up. I have never tried daikon before I need too :)

Bob said...

Ok, but was it good? You don't mention... It looks good!

teresa said...

i love it! i think this is such a fun combo, you're so daring!

Catherine said...

Orzo is one of my favorites foods, and this recipe sounds delicious! A unique twist to making orzo- this is something I will have to try soon!

Sippity Sup said...

Daikon the mother of invention! GREG

Anonymous said...

You always DO this! Throw some random pantry ingredients together and come up with something totally mind-blowing!

Anonymous said...

Wow, cool combination of ingredients here! Awesome creation!

chow and chatter said...

oh love this so simple and yummy

theUngourmet said...

I need to have you come over and help me when I'm down to next to nothing in my cupboards! This looks really tasty!

pigpigscorner said...

This looks so good! Great use of daikon!

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