Carpaccio of Beef with Asparagus and Tomato Salad

Carpaccio of Beef with Asparagus SaladCarpaccio of Beef is usually a raw beef appetizer, but in this recipe you can cook the beef to your likeness.

1 pound lean beef tenderloin
1/4 t salt
freshly ground pepper
1 pound thin asparagus
10 ounces tomatoes – chopped
1/4 c fresh basil, chopped
10 ounces baby lettuce
freshly ground pepper
3 T red wine vinegar
1 1/2 T olive oil
1 T water
1 t grained Dijon mustard
freshly grated pepper
Anchovy-Caper Dressing
4 ounces fat-free ricotta
1 c non-fat plain yogurt
1/4 c red wine vinegar
2 t capers
2 t anchovy paste
1 shallot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 c fresh basil leaves
1/4 c flat leaf parsley
freshly ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to broil
2. Salt and pepper the beef. Broil or grill until done to your desired degree. Set aside for at least 20 minutes.
3. Cook the asparagus in 2 tablespoons water in the microwave. Place in ice water to refresh. Drain and place in bowl. Add the chopped tomato and basil.
4. Make vinaigrette by whisking together the vinegar, oil, water, mustard, and pepper. Set aside.
5. Using a food processor with a metal blade, combine the ricotta, yogurt, vinegar, capers, anchovy paste, shallot, garlic, parsley, basil and pepper until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
6. Toss the asparagus with 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette. Toss the tomato and chopped basil with 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette. Toss the lettuce with the remaining vinaigrette and place in the center between the vegetables.
7. Slice the beef against the grain into paper thin slices. Arrange on the plate and drizzle each serving with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of the Anchovy-Caper Sauce. Serve immediately.

Asparagus Salad

Ingredients:

1 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed & – steamed
1 lettuce leaves
1/2 tsp whole red chili pepper
6 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp capers
1 tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 green onion, minced
1 salt & pepper

Preparation:
Ensure that the steamed asparagus is not overcooked. Arrange the lettuce
leaves on a shallow serving dish & arrange the aspargus in mounds on the
dish. Grind the red chili pepper in a mortar & pestle & sprinkle over the
asparagus.

Mix together the oil & vinegar. Add the capers, tarragon, parsley & green
onion. Season well. Pour this dressing over the asparagus. Chill for at
least 30 minutes before serving.