Steak tartare


  • Serves 2 people

  • 125 gm beef rump
  • 2 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp finely diced cornichons
  • 1 tbsp finely diced radish
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp small salted capers, rinsed and dried
  • 1 tbsp finely diced shallots
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Freshly grated horseradish
  • 1 small bottle each green Tabasco and red Tabasco
  • 1 small bottle colatura di alici
  • 10 thin slices baguette, dried in a 180C oven for about 5 minutes
01   To prepare beef, suspend a stainless-steel bowl over another bowl of ice, ensuring top bowl is touching ice so it stays cool. Cut beef into 3mm dice and place in chilled bowl, along with anchovy, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and a pinch of salt and freshly ground white pepper. Take a wooden spoon and beat vigorously for 3 minutes over ice.
02   Arrange beef on a serving plate and pile small mounds of cornichon, radish, parsley, capers and shallot on and around it. Make a small divot in top of beef just large enough to hold yolk. Place yolk in this and finish with a light sprinkling of freshly grated horseradish.
03   Serve beef tartare with Tabasco sauces, colatura di alici and thinly sliced baguette on the side. Mix tartare at the table, adjusting seasoning to your personal taste as you go.

Note Cumulus Inc.  by Andrew McConnell is published by Penguin Lantern ($59.95, hbk). This extract has been reproduced with minor GT style changes.

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