Create a little taste of aloha in your kitchen! These Tuna Poke Moffles make a fun appetizer – delicious, easy, super nutritious and so refreshing.
I love bite-sized snacks and I could literally live off them. So izakaya or tapas restaurants are my most favorite places to go because they gives me a chance to try different kind of dishes rather than having one big entree for myself. And this recipe today…it is perfect if you like appetizers too.
The idea popped into my head because I love poke and waffles so much. My friends and I have been talking about Hawaii a lot and how we’re excited about poke. In my case, I don’t mind going there over the weekend just for a bowl of poke. Yep, that’s how serious I am about it. Craving more, I decided to make my own in a mini form. Poke doesn’t take long to make. In fact, it’s the easiest and simplest dish when you run out of time. The only thing though, you need to get really fresh ingredients to get the best flavor.
I am adding waffles as the base and I use mochi instead of regular waffles. Mochi waffles, also called moffles, are quite popular in Japan. The making of a moffle is similar to panini where mochi are compressed in a waffle maker (instead of panini maker). The fun part of making moffles is a moffle brunch buffet. You can have mochi paired with sweet or savory items. Sweet, meaning dipping in melted chocolate, treating them as waffles, or even sandwiching them with ice cream. And today’s recipe is all about savory, though. You can grab your mochi from any Asian market or Whole Foods and then slice them into squares. Spray your waffle maker with non-baking spray and start pressing. How fun is that?
- Hard mochi squares, cut in half to make it thinner
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- 2 tbs mirin
- ¾ pound highest-quality fresh tuna, cut into ½-inch pieces
- 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- ½ tsp wasabi paste
- ½ tsp ginger paste or grated ginger
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- ½ tsp sesame seeds
- 1 avocado, thinly sliced
- Spray the griddles with a little Pam or other oil first. Place Mochi square on heated waffle iron. Press down firmly but slowly and cook for 5-7 minutes or until crispy.
- In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce and mirin; and brush over mochi waffles.
- In a separate bowl, combine tuna, jalapeno, scallion, soy sauce, wasabi paste, ginger, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Mix well.
- Add avocado on top of mochi waffles and spoon poke over waffles.
These Poke Mochi Waffles will win over everyone’s heart! Don’t forget to check what others are making. What is your favorite appetizer to make?
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