Steak tartare is hands down my favorite dish of all time. It’s the perfect expression of meaty goodness: raw? Why yes it is. Potential danger due to consumption of pathogenic organisms? Yes there is. Can this danger be mitigated by judicious shopping, handling and preparation? Yes it can. Hey, life is risky business, but steak tartare is, in my estimation, well worth the gamble.This recipe first appeared in Season 1 of Good Eats: The Return.
2tablespoonssmall, brined capers, drained and unrinsed
3 3/4-inch pastry ring
ACTIVE TIME: 15minutes
TOTAL TIME: 25minutes
Cut the steak into 1-inch cubes and park in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Whisk the vinegar, dry mustard, and egg yolks together in a small bowl. Whisk continuously while streaming in the oil until emulsified, then whisk in the shallots, capers, salt, and roughly 2/3 of the celery leaves and parsley.
Hand chop the meat to your desired texture. Alternately, divide the meat into 4 batches and pulse each batch separately 3 to 4 times in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the standard S-blade.
With clean hands, quickly fold the meat and dressing together. Plate using a 3 3/4-inch pastry ring and garnish with the reserved herbs and lemon zest.