Serve this zesty dish with an almost effortless olive-spiked couscous.

By Jackie Mills R.D.
October 13, 2008
Becky Luigart-Stayner

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup dry white wine
1 (13.75-ounce) can artichokes, drained and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon drained capers
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
½ teaspoon salt, divided
¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 (5- to 6-ounce) tuna steaks
1½ teaspoons mixed whole peppercorns, lightly crushed

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic, and cook 1 minute. Add wine, artichokes, and capers; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cover and cook about 3 minutes or just until tomatoes are wilted. Remove from heat, and stir in parsley. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Sprinkle tuna with peppercorns and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Place tuna in skillet, and cook 2 to 4 minutes on each side or to desired degree of doneness. Serve with artichoke relish. Makes 4 servings.

Kalamata Olive Couscous
Bring 1½ cups chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir in 1 cup couscous and ½ cup pitted, quartered kalamata olives. Cover and let stand 5 minutes or until broth is absorbed. Fluff gently with a fork. Makes 3 cups.

Chad Ellegood, wine director for Tru in Chicago, recommends a Cavalchina Bardolino Chiaretto or Alma de Blanco Godello Monterrei to enhance the bold Mediterranean flavors of this dish. The Cavalchina is a fresh rosé from northeastern Italy that offers a combination of fruit blossoms and light berries. The Alma de Blanco is made from the Godello grape, which is indigenous to northwestern Spain and complements its high acidity with ripe citrus flavors.