Beef Tenderloin Milanese with Spinach and Cucumber Salads
- 2 pounds beef tenderloin, trimmed
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 5 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Spinach Salad:
- 1 cup cucumber, sliced thin
- 1 red onion, sliced thin
- Kosher salt
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 5 cups spinach
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Red Hawk Potato Gratin, for serving, see recipe
- Sunday Bread, for serving, see recipe
- Red Hawk Potato Gratin:
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup sliced onions
- 5 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 cup cream
- 24 -ounces Red Hawk triple creme cheese
- 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced 1/8-inch thick, unpeeled
- 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese (set aside 1/2 cup of cheese for topping the gratin)
- Sunday Bread:
- 3 cups warm water
- 1 (7-gram or .25-ounce) packet active dry yeast
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- 1 egg
Slice the beef tenderloin thinly and pound each slice with a meat mallet. Season the beef slices with salt and pepper.
Dip a beef slice in the flour and shake off the excess flour. Then dip in the eggs, then in the bread crumbs and place on a plate. Repeat with all the beef slices.
In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. When the butter is melted and bubbling, add a few beef slices to the pan and cook until golden brown on each side, about 1 minute per side. Drain the beef slices on paper towels to drain the excess oil. Repeat with all of the beef slices.
In another bowl, combine the spinach and tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Add olive oil and toss to coat.
Lay the beef slices on a platter and top with the spinach and tomatoes and then with the cucumber salad. Serve with Red Hawk Potato Gratin and Sunday Bread.Red Hawk Potato Gratin:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Coat a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with softened butter.
Pour a small amount of the onion-cream mixture on the bottom of the buttered baking dish. Crumble 6-ounces of cheese over the bottom. Layer the potatoes, overlapping them a bit, on top of the cream and cheese. Season with salt, and pepper, to taste.
Pour more onion-cream mixture on top of potatoes and sprinkle with a handful of grated Parmesan. Top with 6-ounces more of Red Hawk cheese. Repeat this step until all the potatoes and onion-cream has been used up.
Sprinkle the top of the gratin with the reserved Parmesan cheese. Cover the gratin with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove the foil then bake for 30 to 45 minutes more, or until the cheese on top is golden brown and the gratin in bubbling.Sunday Bread:
In a bowl, stir together the water and yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes.
In a stand mixer, with a paddle attachment, mix the flour and salt. Pour the yeast into the flour and add the honey. Mix slowly until the mixture is just incorporated and the dough is formed.
Remove the dough from the mixer and knead by hand on a lightly-floured surface. Knead for 1 minute.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface and roll into a loaf shape. With kitchen scissors, or a sharp paring knife, cut 6 notches into the dough at a 45-degree angle. Take one piece of dough and pull it left, the next piece of dough, pull right. Repeat with all pieces until you have a shape that resembles leaves on a branch. Transfer to a baking sheet and let rest for 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using a fork, beat the egg with 1 teaspoon water and brush the egg wash onto the top of the bread. Bake the bread for 20 minutes, or until golden and baked through.
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Recipe courtesy Aria Kagan