Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rare Beef, Asparagus With Tonnato Sauce


Day 16 of our carbless diet - I had a piece of beef rump that was meant to be turned into another Thai salad (neua yam nam tok, waterfall grilled beef salad) but changed my mind as soon as I saw this recipe by Jill Dupleix. I think I made the right decision as we were both blown away by this wonderful Italian classic. I am pretty sure this will reappear on our dining table quite often throughout the long hot summer.
P.S We are now into the 4th week of our diet and there are plenty more delicious summery meals without carbs that have yet to be posted. 



recipe adapted from Summer Food by Jill Dupleix
oven pre-heated at 180 C
serves 2 as a main or 4 as an entree
you'll need;
500 g of beef rump
100 g of mixed leaves
1 bunch of asparagus, finely sliced
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil
1 tsp of red wine vinegar
1 tsp of capers
chopped parsley
shaved pecorino or parmesan

for the tonnato sauce;
95 g of quality tuna in oil
2 anchovy fillets
1/2 tbs of lemon juice
1.5 tbs of homemade or good quality shop bought mayonnaise
1/2 tbs of horseradish cream
1/2 tbs of capers
50 ml of chicken stock



For the tonnato sauce - whiz all ingredients (except the stock) in a food processor until smooth. Add stock gradually until it feels pourable. Refrigerate until needed.



Slice asparagus finely.



Rub beef with salt, pepper and a little olive oil and brown it all over in a hot pan. Place the pan in the hot oven for 10 minutes. Remove beef and rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.



Slice beef thinly across the grain.



Dress salad greens and shaved asparagus with olive oil, red wine vinegar, pecorino, salt and pepper.



Place roast beef atop some salad, spoon the sauce over the and scatter with capers and chopped parsley. Serve the remaining sauce on the side.

17 comments:

  1. Harriet from carltonDecember 14, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    Haha I saw the same recipe too, this looks even better with the added salad leaves!

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  2. Hey buddy I am sure this will be on our table soon. Beautiful looking dish!

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  3. It looks wonderful, I've never sliced my asparagus like that. I can't always find thick asparagus, I snatch it up when I can. The tonnato sauce sounds so good to me, but my daughter would know the anchovies and tuna are in there. (I have to make my Caesar salad dressing without anchovies!) :D

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  4. Ah! I have this recipe but never bothered to make it before. Better late than never eh :) Glad to see you're still persevering with the diet.

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  5. I love beef to be served in this way. Sounds so flavorful and delicious :)

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  6. Oh this goes to my beef-loving heart -love it with the salad. Can I wait till April when the asparagus is in?(Probably not.)

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  7. As Lyndsey said thick asparagus is hard to find here...Love this salad.

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  8. yumm, wonderful looking dish..sooo tempting..

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  9. Wow! How tasty beef! Love the colors.

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  10. I bought that summer food book too :) This looks even better than that!

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  11. Wow you go girl! I've never tried a carbless diet, but I suppose there is very little need for carbs when you can make dishes like this! The salad looks wonderful and sounds absolutely scrumptious!

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  12. Yikes, carbless diet. This looks yummy, but don't know how long I could go without carbs.

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  13. I must try making this too, my hubby will love me for it! lol

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  14. My hubby will certainly adore this dish!

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  15. Oh you cooked the beef just the way I like it! The dressing sounds really interesting with tuna in it.

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  16. I love this!
    I need to try it out asap. Who wouldn't?
    Now that I'm trying to lose some weigh...looks like a wonderful idea for a meal.

    Big hugs
    B xx

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