Easy and elegant Beef Carpaccio
If there was ever a lazy girl’s (or guy’s) dinner or salad it’s beef carpaccio. It consists of all of my favorite things and takes only minutes to throw together. It’s all the components of lovely in a dish. A lifesaver when you need an impressive dinner, it’s completely elegant and if you’re looking for that one simple factor that will make even the trained culinary eye take a second look at your hidden talents no one knew about you. This is your dish.
Salads are the easiest of all fresh foods to throw together but sometimes the most over the top experience in the culinary world. It works with any main dish and can stand alone when eating light is your goal. Though it’s a delicious pre-meal it has a lot to live up to in terms of setting the mood for being satiated as well as nourished. After all, it’s green leaves and yes to some, rabbit food. How can such meager ingredients set the entire tone for dinner? For one, it’s the first glimpse of what’s to come. The pressure is thick when you think of a meal as a production of sorts. Simple can be powerful though when the flavors are on point and the dressing is out of this world. Which this little number lives up to all the hype I’m throwing at you.
While visiting another country recently, this was our introduction to the most delicious dinner performance I’ve ever had. Each bite intrigued me more and left me wondering why I’ve never made this before now. If you’re just as intrigued as I am, give this a try! It will make my weekly rotation of salads from here on out.
8 oz. beef tenderloin
Handfuls of arugula
Your favorite vinaigrette
Wrap the tenderloin in plastic wrap and freeze for two hours. Remove from freezer and slice 1/8 inch thick. Pound each slice until paper thin and arrange on a plate. Salt and pepper. Pile arugula leaves on each meat arrangement, top with cheese, and drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette.
Janet McCormick is the owner of Let’s Eat Cafe in downtown Huntington. More of her recipes can be found at http://www.10-minutemeals.com.