Beef Carpaccio Recipe with Capers, Parsley and Truffle Oil

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Beef Carpaccio Recipe with Capers, Parsley and Truffle Oil

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Ingredients

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400 grams beef tenderloin ask your butcher for mid-loin as the tail will be too small and the head will be too sinewy and large
1 small purple onion
3-4 tablespoons capers in vinegar
1/2 bunch continental parsley
sea salt flakes or truffle salt
pepper grinder
Features:
  • Gluten Free
Cuisine:

Beef carpaccio is a perfect option to serve your guests if you want an impressive first course that will take only seconds to prepare.

  • 5 min
  • Serves 4
  • Medium

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What is Beef Carpaccio?

Beef carpaccio is a traditional Italian dish, and it is basically thin-sliced raw beef meat served as an appetizer. It lends itself incredibly well to modern healthy eating.

Although Carpaccio traditionally refers to a first course of thinly sliced raw beef, named in honor of the Italian renaissance painter, Vittore Carpaccio, you can now find many modern interpretations using raw seafood (see our tuna carpaccio recipe) and raw vegetables. For this dish however we are going with the original beef carpaccio.

Carpaccio is a perfect option to serve your guests if you want an impressive first course that will take only seconds to prepare on the day. You can prepare all the parts for beef Carpaccio the day before, allowing you to use the time on the day to mingle with your friends or focus on the main and dessert courses.

How to Make Beef Carpaccio

Freezing the meat:
  1. Lay the beef on your chopping board and if need be cut the ends until they are symmetrical and flat.
  2. Take the piece of beef tenderloin and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap lengthwise.
  3. Take the excess plastic on the ends and twist until the meat is tightly squeezed from all sides.
  4. Push and shape the meat in the plastic until it is as cylindrical as possible with two flat ends.
  5. On a small plate, stand the wrapped meat on one flat end and press another small plate on the other flat end, try to keep the meat as upright as possible.
  6. Place the meat and plates in the freezer overnight.

Slicing the meat:

    1. Remove it from the freezer and unwrap it.

Raw frozen beef meat for carpaccio

    1. Carefully slice the meat on your slicer on the thinnest setting but where you are still getting whole slices off it.

How to Slice Beef Carpaccio

    1. Arrange the slices on a large plate and press until even.

Platting Beef Carpaccio

    1. Wrap each plate tightly in glad wrap and refrigerate until serving.

Wrap up slices of beef meat

  1. If you don’t have a slicer you can ask your butcher to slice it and lay the slices out on paper in layers for you. They may ask you to freeze it or they may do it for you.

Alternative Method

If you don’t have a slicer or worse yet a friendship with your butcher, firstly I would highly recommend you get one, the friendship with the butcher that is. In the mean time you can use the following method, although unless you are very handy with a knife and you keep your knives very sharp your results may not be as uniform and you may become very frustrated.

  1. Place the piece of tenderloin into the freezer for 2 hours. Unlike in the slicer method you only want the meat to be firm from the freezer, not frozen hard.
  2. Place the beef meat on your cutting board and with a very sharp carving knife slice the beef as thinly as possible.
  3. Place the slices onto the plate and press with your fingertips to even out any thick spots and make it all evenly thin.
  4. Wrap each plate tightly in glad wrap and refrigerate until serving.

Serving:

  1. Sprinkle some of the diced onion and parsley over the meat.
  2. Arrange a few capers around the meat.
  3. Drizzle a little of the caper vinegar around.
  4. Drizzle a little of the truffle oil around.
  5. Season liberally with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
  6. Many fine food stores now carry truffle salt, which is essentially a mixture of sea salt, cracked pepper and shaved fresh truffle. The truffle is very aromatic and flavours the salt and the pepper; this mixture can be used in place of the sea salt and pepper for that little extra decadence. You can find a wide selection of truffle salt vendors on Amazon.

 

Paul Hegeman

Paul is a personal Chef to exclusive Sydney clients and is also our most frequently contributing writer. Paul was born in The Netherlands and moved to Canada at a very young age.

Experience with traditional European meals at home and the diverse multicultural influence of foods in Canada gave Paul a great appreciation for different culinary styles. Over the years Paul traveled extensively and worked at every level of professional kitchens, from the deep fryer in the local burger joint, to the Head Chef in Five Star Hotels.

He now resides full time in Sydney, Australia with his wife and their children. You will find his recipes emphasize natural, uncomplicated flavours and fresh ingredients such as those found in Mediterranean and South East Asian cuisines.

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