Why on earth did I fancy raw meat? I mean RAW meat!!! Why would anyone eat raw meat?
My first introduction to Carpaccio was through one of MasterChef Australia episodes and it looked so appealing. Still, I am so unfamiliar with the idea of eating a dish of thinly sliced or pounded thin raw beef.
But there is a first for everything . Ladies & Gents, tonight’s dinner :
Carpaccio is an Italian classic so it will not be hard for you to find a recipe online. You may notice that in some recipes the meat is seared before slicing, I chose not to. If I am eating raw meat, let it be fully raw (Brave girl!)
I froze the beef which made the slicing easier for me. Then I placed the thin slices in cling film, sparkled some olive oil and lemon juice on top and left it to defrost to room temperature.
Using my hands , I pounded the slices to make sure they are thin enough. Then I placed them in a plate, seasoned with more olive oil, lemon juice, salt and black pepper.
To finish up, I added the wild rocket , grated Parmigiano-Reggiano on top and dazzled more olive oil.
The final result was delicious, I am very pleased with the experiment.
It is a first for me but definitely not my last Carpaccio 😉
The cook inside me