Steak Tartare with Sour Apples Recipe

It took me awhile to develop a taste for steak tartare but now that I have I can't get enough of it. There's something about the lightly seasoned, slightly chewy beef that I just love. I serve it with some chopped granny smith apples and orange zest for acidity, along with some pickled onions and cucumbers. I'll also use some smoked salt if I have it on hand.

It's critical you use high quality beef that is not pre-ground in addition to making sure your hands and work environment are clean. I've given my favorite amounts for the olive oil and vinegar flavoring but tweak it to however you like.

If you don't have a whipping siphon you can skip that step of the pickle recipe and let them sit in the refrigerator for an extra day or two. Some people really enjoy a raw egg yolk on their tartare, I'm not always a fan of that but if you like it, go for it!

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Steak Tartare with Sour Apples Recipe

  • Published: December 18, 2014
  • By Jason Logsdon
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 90 Minutes
  • Makes: 4 to 10 servings

Steak Tartare with Sour Apples Ingredients

For the Quick Pickles

200g water
200g cider vinegar
300g sugar
8g kosher salt
5g mustard seeds
3g coriander
2g celery seed
2g turmeric
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 medium cucumber, sliced 6mm / 0.25" thick

For the Steak Tartare

300g top round or eye of round
100g olive oil
10g salt
10g vinegar
5g ground black pepper

To Assemble

Sea salt, preferably smoked
Olive oil
Parsley, chopped
1 granny smith apple, cored and diced
Orange zest

Steak Tartare with Sour Apples Instructions

For the Quick Pickles

Combine all the ingredients except the onion and cucumber in a pot and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar and salt dissolve completely. Remove from the heat.

Add the onion and cucumbers to the still-hot brine. Let the brine cool then pour it and the vegetables into the whipping siphon, being sure not to overfill it. Seal the siphon, charge, and shake well. Let the siphon stay pressurized for at least 20 to 30 minutes, either in the refrigerator or on the counter.

Vent the siphon then pour out the pickles into a bowl. The pickles are then ready to serve.

For the Steak Tartare

Wash the outside of the meat and then coat with salt. Let sit on the counter for an hour for the salt to dry the outside of the meat. Rinse the meat and then cut it into a small dice. You can also grind the meat if you have a meat grinder, just make sure it has been thoroughly cleaned first.

Toss the diced meat with the olive oil, salt, vinegar, and black pepper. Taste for seasoning.

To Assemble

Place a ring mold on a serving plate and fill with the steak tartare. Sprinkle on some sea salt and drizzle with olive oil. Top with parsley, chopped apple, and orange zest. Place some pickles on the side and serve.

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