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Seared carpaccio-style shoulder petite tender



Seared carpaccio-style shoulder petite tender

Seared carpaccio-style shoulder petite tender

Quick-pickled shallots give thin, silky slices of meat (and the accompanying spinach salad) a tangy punch. A good substitute for petite tender is the similarly shaped beef tenderloin. Serves 4 as an appetizer

– 1 8- to 10-oz. shoulder petite tender.
– Kosher salt.
– ¼ cup plus 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil.
– 2 medium shallots, halved through the root and very thinly sliced lengthwise (about 1 cup).
– ¼ cup Champagne or white-wine vinegar 4 oz. baby spinach (4 packed cups).
– Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, and freshly ground black pepper.


Step 1: Pat the petite tender dry and season it all over with 1/2 tsp. kosher salt. Heat 1 Tbs. of the oil in a heavy-duty 10-inch skillet over high heat until shimmering hot. Add the petite tender and sear on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes total. Transfer to a cutting board and cool to room temperature; cut crosswise into 20 slices.
Step 2: Put a 2-foot-long piece of plastic wrap on the work surface. Lay some of the slices on the plastic, leaving 2 to 3 inches between each. Top with another piece of plastic wrap and pound the slices with a meat mallet until paper thin. Repeat with the remaining slices. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. (The meat can be pounded up to 1 day ahead; refrigerate it rolled up in the plastic wrap.) In a small bowl, soak the shallots in the vinegar until slightly softened, about 30 minutes. Transfer 2 Tbs. of the vinegar to a small bowl and whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup oil and a pinch of kosher salt.
Step 3: To serve, strain the shallots, discarding the remaining vinegar. In a large bowl, toss the shallots with the spinach and just enough of the vinaigrette to lightly coat the leaves. Divide the slices of beef among 4 dinner plates, arranging them in a single layer with just a little overlap. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Mound the spinach next to the beef and season the spinach and beef with a few grinds of pepper.

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