Veal Tartare with Trout Roe, Capers, and Fiore Sardo Dressing
SERVES 4 Total: 25 min.
The delicate flavor of freshly ground veal is enhanced by a smoky, punchy dressing made from Italy’s pecorino fiore sardo and colatura, a fermented anchovy sauce. Buy the freshest high-quality veal and grind it yourself, or have your butcher do it for you.
1 large egg 1 Tbsp. finely grated pecorino fiore sardo 1 tsp. colatura or anchovy paste 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, divided ⅓ cup plus 1 Tbsp. grapeseed or canola oil Kosher salt 7 oz. (1⅓ cups) ground veal tenderloin
or sirloin 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp. soy sauce ½ tsp. finely grated lemon zest Pinch of dried sumac Pinch of togarashi pepper (optional) 3 Tbsp. (2 oz.) trout or salmon roe 1 Tbsp. drained capers in brine
1 Make the dressing: In a small pot, add the egg and enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, cook for an additional 6 minutes, then immediately remove the egg and cool completely under cold running water. Peel the egg (the white should be set and the yolk still runny).
2 In a blender, add the egg, cheese, colatura, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons cold water. Blend, slowly trickling in the grapeseed oil to emulsify. (Mixture should thicken to the consistency of mayonnaise.) Season with kosher salt, and set the dressing aside.
3 Right before you plan to serve the tartare, prepare the meat: In a medium bowl, add the veal, olive oil, soy sauce, remaining 1 teaspoon lemon juice, zest, sumac, and togarashi pepper, if using; use a spatula to gently fold (avoid mixing too vigorously or the tartare will become clumpy and pasty). Season with kosher salt to taste.
4 Divide the dressing among 4 small plates, then carefully spoon the tartare mixture over it. Top with the roe and the capers, and serve immediately.