Beef carpaccio with pickled beetroot and horseradish
- October 2017
- Serves 6-8
- Hands-on 50 min, plus 24 hours pickling
Andy Appleton’s beef carpaccio recipe combines classic flavours that truly complement each other. The pickled beetroot will easily keep up to 2 months, so you can make this wonderful starter over and over again.
- Dairy-free recipes
- 9.4g (2.4g saturated)
- 20.8g (20.7g sugars)
For the carpaccio
- 20g black peppercorns
- 10g juniper berries
- 750g British beef barrel rump, excess fat trimmed
For the pickled beetroot
- 1 small bunch golden baby beetroot and 1 small bunch baby candy-striped (chioggia) beetroot, or 400g any baby beetroot
- 350ml white wine vinegar
- 150g caster sugar
- 2 star anise
- 3 cloves
- 2 allspice berries
- 2 bay leaves
- Olive oil
- Fresh horseradish root to serve
- Cook the 2 types of beetroot separately in 2 pans of salted boiling water for 12-15 minutes until tender but not too soft. The skin should fall off when gently rubbed. Run under cold water until cool, then cut off the tops and bottoms. Peel, cut into 3mm slices and put in 2 separate sterilised jars.
- While the beetroot are boiling, make the pickling mix. Combine all the ingredients, apart from the olive oil, in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Pour enough mixture into the 2 jars to just cover the beetroot. Top with a layer of oil and seal the jars. Leave for at least 24 hours before using.
- To make the carpaccio, finely grind the peppercorns and juniper berries in a pestle and mortar, then use as a rub to fully coat the meat. Tightly wrap in cling film, put on a plate and refrigerate overnight.
- Take the meat out of the fridge 45 minutes before cooking and remove the cling film. When ready to serve, sear the rump in a very hot large dry pan (no oil), frying for 1 minute only, turning it every few seconds to sear and encrust all the way round. Slice as thinly as you can and flatten by pressing down with the side of the chopping knife.
- To serve, lay the slices on each plate and season lightly. Top with the beetroot, a glug of olive oil and a generous grating of horseradish.
If you don’t have time to marinate the carpaccio overnight, 2 hours will do. Barrel rump is also known as rump centre or butcher’s fillet. You can use beef fillet. If you’re not a fan of horseradish, use grated parmesan instead.
Start the recipe 24 hours in advance. The beetroot will keep for up to 2 months in a dark place.
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