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Steak Tartare with Black Eyed Pea Salad and Crispy Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Pea Steak Tartare
Photo: The Southern Gentleman
From: Chef Matthew Ridgway, The Southern Gentleman, Atlanta. Yield: 4 servings.

1 lb. grass-fed eye round, or lean sirloin
¼ cup cooked black-eyed peas
¼ cup black eyed peas fried in olive oil and then salted

Tartare Dressing:
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup blended oil
1 Tbsp. salt-packed capers, rinsed, drained and minced
2 Tbsp. minced parsley
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. steak sauce
3-4 dashes of hot sauce
10 cornichons, minced
2 small shallots, diced
to taste, salt and pepper

For tartare dressing: Mix all ingredients to emulsify.

For steak tartare: Denude the meat by carefully removing silver skin from the eye round. Place in freezer on a plate for about an hour. This allows a more uniform cut.  Remove beef from freezer and slice across the grain into thin slices (about ¼”). Next, cut the meat into ¼” small dice. Set aside in a stainless steel mixing bowl.  With a medium fork, crush the meat in the bowl, while pouring in the dressing. Using about ½  to  ¾ of dressing.  Emulsify and add salt and pepper to taste.

To serve: Add cooked black-eyed peas to the meat mixture, then season to taste. Divide into 4 small chilled bowls. Spread the fried black eyed peas on top of the tartare, and garnish with a small amount of frissee (optional) if desired.

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