Tagliata Di Manzo
This is a great way to serve a seared piece of fillet. The crusting of the thyme and sea salt on the outside gives it a lovely flavour and texture. Being such a simple dish, it is all about good ingredients - the tomatoes should be sweet and the Parmesan fresh. If you have some good balsamic vinegar, use it on this because it will work really well with the other ingredients.
|1 x 500g||piece of beef fillet (tail)|
|4 tbsp||extra virgin olive oil|
|1 tsp||chopped thyme|
|150g||Datterini or cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters|
|Juice of ½ lemon|
|1 tsp||aged balsamic vinegar|
|75g||Parmesan cheese shavings|
|Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper|
Rub the fillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil, then sprinkle over the thyme and season with salt and pepper.
Heat a heavy-based frying pan. Add the fillet and cook for 3-4 minutes, turning frequently to ensure an even searing that gives the meat a browned crust. Remove from the pan and leave to rest for 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes and rocket in a large bowl. Add the remaining olive oil and the lemon juice. Season to taste. Toss gently together, then spread the rocket and tomatoes on a large plate.
Thinly slice the beef and arrange on top of the rocket and tomatoes. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the beef and add a grinding of black pepper. Finish with the Parmesan shavings.