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Harry Weir and Brian Clarke

Hand-Cut Beef Tartare With Warm Crispy Potato Breads

Gareth Smith's beef tartare recipe uses gorgeous Irish ingredients.



  • 350g fillet of beef in one piece
  • 2 large free-range egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or a good rapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • A few drops Tabasco, to taste
  • 10 capers, finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, very finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 anchovy fillet, finely chopped, optional
  • 5g good quality sea salt
  • 10-12 thin slices of potato bread or corn bread
  • 1 handful lambs lettuce, to garnish


  1. Use a very, very sharp knife and slice the beef into very thin slithers around 3mm x 1mm and set aside.
  2. In a bowl put the yolks and mustard, quickly whisk whilst adding the olive oil in a thin drizzle, then add the Worcestershire and Tabasco to make a dressing. Into this dressing, fold in the beef, capers, shallots, parsley and anchovies (if using).
  3. Fry the potato bread slices in a frying pan very briefly and dredge onto kitchen paper.
  4. To serve, put the tartare mix on a plate – you can use a dariole ring to make it look pretty. Never serve the tartare fridge cold – fillet isn’t the tastiest of beef so give it a helping hand by serving at room temperature.


Use an old-school butcher. We use the Village Butcher Ranelagh – somebody who has been in the craft for a very long time and will understand what the meat is for and will give you the best cut.