StarKist hosted a dinner and cocktails party with Ted Allen to talk about his delicious Tuna Creation recipes and I was converted. Previously a major non-fan of tuna, I typically avoid it. To me, tuna is as interesting as tap water. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that at a StarKist party since StarKist is known as America’s favorite tuna and they are dedicated to making it as exciting and yummy as possible. LOL!
They partnered with food connoisseur, Ted Allen, who was on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and now hosts two prime-time series on Food Network: Chopped, a culinary competition in which four chefs try to win $10,000 by cooking their way through three courses and Food Detectives, where scientific experiments are done to test myths about food.
A fellow native of Brooklyn, I was instantly a huge Ted Allen fan. He demonstrated how to quickly prepare the Think Tuna Pasta Entree, which is tuna, seasoned with herb and garlic with pasta, cherry tomatoes and basil vinaigrette. And I tried it. And now I’m a fan.
Simple story. It was divine. The tuna wasn’t at all blah. It was seasoned lightly, not fishy in the least and was complemented nicely by the basil vinaigrette and tomatoes.
Another one of Ted’s recipes that I was dying to try was the Hickory Smoked Tuna/Mango Chipotle Salmon Enchiladas. It sounds so delicious. After Ted demonstrated how easy the tuna recipe could be and StarKist completed my tuna conversion with other yummy tuna delights, I got a chance to chat with him about this famous food.
What recipes would you recommend for moms that are quick and easy?
StarKist and I wanted people to think of tuna outside of the way people usually think of tuna. So I came up with these great recipes. One of them is the Hickory Smoked Tuna/Mango Chipotle Salmon Enchiladas, which is actually very nice. I also really like a pasta dish I came up with, which uses herbs and garlic, with some basil vinaigrette….mix it with some sliced cherry tomatoes…
So you’re taking tuna away from what its known for and making it into more of an entree dish.
That’s exactly what it’s about.
So what are you not obsessed with?
Well, you know, I am obsessed with food. So I guess I’m not obsessed with food.
To find Ted Allen’s quick and yummy tuna recipes, go to www.StarKist.com
Written by Tabitha