Although primal in nature, beef tartare is often times seen as a luxurious food, one where waiters often prepare this simple dish table side for guests.
Although sushi, (raw fish) is enjoyed by millions of people across the United States and beyond, the idea of consuming raw muscle tissue from 4 legged creatures is seemingly revolting. Post a photo of your sushi dinner and the replies will be endless. Post a photo of a raw piece of sliced beef and most will say "gross!"
This recipe, although very easy to prepare comes with a slight warning. Tartare is not a dish you wish to prepare using your local supermarkets beef on special. Because we are talking about raw animal foods, you will want to be sure to use the highest quality meats you can find.
Raw meat whether it be tartare, or carpaccio style preparations is something I enjoy from time to time. Every few months I get a craving for simple, well seasoned beef to enjoy on a freshly made potato chip (fried in duck fat of course). '
*To prevent you from carelessly choosing inexpensive meat for this dish, I must give warning that improperly prepared raw meat can potentially be dangerous. But so can sushi, sprouts, or even raw spinach. Like with everything, choose the best quality of ingredients you can and handle wisely.
- 8 ounces beef top round (ask your butcher what's fresh and best for the preparation)
- 1 egg yolk from happy hens
- 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 2 tablespoons minced shallot
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon minced capers
- splash of lemon juice
- 3 finger pinch sea salt
- freshly cracked black pepper
- The beef will slice better if its chilled or even slightly frozen, so keep that in mind before preparing this dish.
- Use a sharp knife to thinly shave the top round. Once all is sliced, go back and continue to slice and chop the beef until it is finely minced.
- Separately mince the capers and garlic then add to the chopped beef. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
- Taste, season accordingly then serve with crackers, sliced radish or duck fat fried chips.
- For freshness and safety, this is best consumed on the day it's prepared.