Lamb Tartare

lamb tartare

I've never wanted to be a test pilot. Nor a daredevil. Or even a tightrope walker. Nope. Not once. I've never been one to really risk my life for 'the thrill'. But, do I live dangerously? Maybe...

You see, I have no problem with eating a little bit of raw meat. Of course, I don't make it a regular event. And while most people don't have a problem with eating sushi, they have a very hard time understanding why anyone would like to eat red meat without any application of heat. Raw meat actually tastes very good and has a very 'clean' quality.

Of course, I cannot say that eating raw meat is for everybody. Pregnant women, for example, should avoid eating any meat that is undercooked. Check out some safety tips before deciding whether or not eating raw meat is for you. Always make sure you are getting your meat as fresh as possible from a respectable source.

3 oz. raw lamb
1 habenaro pepper, finely minced (seeds optional)
1 egg yolk
3 cups of water, plus 1 cup ice cold water
1/2 tsp. salt
black pepper

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a 2 quart saucepan. Seperate the yolk from the egg white and gently drop into the water. Cook for 30 seconds maximum and gently remove from the water. Place the yolk in the remaining cold water to stop the cooking process.

Finely mince lamb, cutting across the grain, into 1/4" cubes. Combine with habanero, salt, and pepper. Place egg yolk on top and serve.


DocChuck said...

I applaud your post, your comments, and your excellent photograph.

But I (and my wife, Dr. E.) have to disagree with your rationale about eating raw meat, and even "sushi" which you said that "most people" have no problem eating.

We have a BIG problem eating raw fish and meat, and we have little trust in the mongers who claim that their "products" are safe enough to eat, "tartare."

Aside from that, I enjoy reading your blog.

phil said...

thanks for reading, DocChuck! i do understand your decision to avoid raw meat and fish. hey, it's not for everybody. and i'm definately okay with that. that's why i included the link about health risks of eating raw meat for people to learn more before just chowing down on an uncooked steak.

this lamb in particular was raised at a local farm. it then went directly to the butcher and then directly to me. the meat is exceptionally fresh and i personally know this animal's history.

i will restate my position hear again just to be safe: eating raw meat does carry some risk. it is up to the individual to decide whether or not raw meat is right for them.

kvh said...

you forgot to mention that it was also exceptionally delicious.

Kate said...

ooohhhh sooooo goooooooood.

megan said...

Raw meat is healing and very easy to digest. Read anything by aajonus vonderplantiz

Great recipe!