Classic Steak Tartare

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Recipe for Classic Steak Tartare. Parisian brasseries and elegant Black Forest hotels and restaurants share an affinity for this classic raw beef dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • hot pepper sauce to taste
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons capers
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons chopped yellow onion
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  • 1/4 cup high quality cognac
  • 1 pound ground beef tenderloin
  • anchovy filets for serving
  • 4 egg yolks for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. 1. Combine the mustard, oil, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, and 1 1/2 tablespoons each of the capers, onion, and parsley in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and puree until smooth.
  2. 2. Place the beef in a medium bowl and add the puree, paprika, and Cognac, tossing gently to combine. (Aggressive mixing will make the tartare tough.) Divide the tartare into four portions and roll each into a ball.  Press into patties and score decoratively with cross hatches using the back of a knife.
  3. 3. To serve, set each tartare in the center of a plate, arrange anchovies as well as the remaining capers, onion, and parsley around it, and, of desired, top the tartare with an egg yolk.