This week we will be featuring something really different and it will be dishes where meat is served or consumed raw like the Japanese Tataki and Raw Steak served on a Hot Lava Rock. Of course, this may not be for everyone’s taste buds(especially the raw meat), but for the love of culinary arts we will be posting these interesting dishes for you to try. First on the list will be the Steak Tartare, a dish that I saw first on one of Mr Bean’s episode.
Steak Tartare is a meat dish made from finely chopped or minced raw beef or horse. It is made by marinating the minced meat with wine and spices, then chilled and served with egg yolk, onions, capers and different seasonings. Like the name suggest this dish is not invented by the Tartars but it is a French creation during the 20th century. Initially it was called Steak à l’Americaine and was made without an egg yolk but served with tartare sauce. As it develops the tartare sauce soon disappeared and an egg yolk was introduced.
Like I’ve said this may not be for everyone but you can try it in a small portion like I did. Using a fresh and really high grade beef cut would be better to get that good flavour from the beef and may I advise that you mince your own meat by using clean food processor to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination.
200g filet mignon, minced or chopped
1/2 tsp chopped parsley
1 tsp finely chopped red capsicum
1 tsp finely chopped yellow capsicum
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp brandy
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp chilli sauce (Tabasco)
freshly ground black pepper
1. In a bowl mix together the beef, parsley, red and yellow capsicum, Worcestershire sauce, brandy, mustard, chilli sauce, salt and pepper.
2. Place meat mixture in ramekin then refrigerate for 30 minutes, this will allow the flavours to develop.
3. Place on a plate then serve with egg yolk on top. Serve with rye bread or crackers.