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Sicilian beef tartare

Ingredients for 4 persons:

  • 400 g tenderloin
  • 15 g toasted almonds
  • 15 g f peeled pistachios from Bronte
  • 1 fresh Tropea onion
  • A handful of capers
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Pepper to taste

 

The ingredients required for this delicious Sicilian beef tartare on a salt plate are really easy to find.

What you need are the typical Sicilian products: besides the tenderloin, in fact, you will need Bronte pistachios, capers, almonds and onion. To add flavor, you will need pepper and good extra virgin olive oil. A small cylindrical mold also will be useful to form the tartare. This dish is quick and easy, and will let you dip into the Sicilian scents and traditions.

The added value of this recipe comes from the cooking on a salt plate, both a vintage method as well as an innovative way of cooking that will give you excellent results. Besides its characteristic way to preserve heat for long time as well as being a nice way to cook food, the salt plate can keep food at low temperatures when necessary, as it is with our Sicilian beef tartare. There is no risk of damage to the salt plate when used for this purpose because it also has anti-freezing properties.

First of all, before preparing the dish, the salt plate has to be put in the freezer for 30 minutes to cool. Then you can proceed to cut the tenderloin and chop the capers, the Bronte pistachios and the Tropea onion. After that you toast the almonds and chop them. Once you put the ingredients all together, add pepper to taste.

It is important not to add salt because the salt plate itself will already give flavor to the tartare. Take the salt plate out of the freezer and place the tartare on its surface by shaping it with a cylindrical mold. Finally, flavor with extra virgin olive oil and serve the Sicilian beef tartare on the salt plate with whole meal bread and salad.