Boiled Beef with Pickled Vegetables and Pumpkin Seed Oil

Total Time:
4 hr 18 min
Prep:
40 min
Inactive:
3 min
Cook:
3 hr 35 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 onions, peeled and cut in half
  • 3 ribs celery, trimmed
  • 3 carrots, peeled and trimmed
  • 3 parsnips, peeled and trimmed
  • 2 leeks, ends trimmed, thoroughly washed, and cut into 4-inch pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 4 whole allspice berries
  • 3 quarts beef stock or good-quality canned beef broth
  • 3 pounds boneless beef bottom round, rump, or shoulder roast
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup fresh white bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley leaves
  • Pickled Vegetables, recipe follows
  • Pickled Pumpkin, recipe follows
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Pumpkin seed oil, for garnish
  • Toasted shelled pumpkin seeds, for garnish
  • Alfalfa sprouts or micro or baby greens, for garnish
  • Pickled Vegetables:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and cut into 1-inch squares
  • 4 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch squares
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, trimmed, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 3 zucchini, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pickled Pumpkin:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small winter squash (kabocha or acorn), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Directions

To prepare the Boiled Beef: In a stockpot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, carrots, parsnips, and leeks and saute them just until glossy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the bay leaves, peppercorns, allspice, and beef stock. Bring to a boil, skimming away the froth that rises to the surface. Add the beef and reduce the heat to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Cook the beef until tender, 2 to 3 hours.

Remove the beef from the stockpot and let it rest for 15 minutes. Cut the meat crosswise, against the grain, into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Spread a thin layer of mustard on one side of each slice of beef. On a plate, stir together the breadcrumbs and minced parsley. Dip the mustard side of the beef slices into the mixture and press to thickly coat with crumbs.

In 2 separate saucepans, gently reheat the Pickled Vegetables and Pickled Pumpkin. In each of 2 separate medium saute pans, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Carefully place the beef slices in the pan, crumb side down, and saute until golden in color, 30 seconds to 1 minute. With a spatula, carefully turn the slices over and cook just until reheated, 30 seconds to 1 minute more.

To serve, place a generous spoonful of the heated pickled vegetables and pumpkin on each heated serving plate. Arrange 2 to 3 slices of beef on top, crumb-sides up. Drizzle pumpkin seed oil around the beef slices and sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds. Garnish with alfalfa sprouts or micro greens. Serve immediately.

Pickled Vegetables:

To make the Pickled Vegetables: In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and shallots and sweat them for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the red and yellow bell peppers and zucchini and cook until the onions are translucent, 3 to 4 minutes more. Add the vinegar and stir and scrape to deglaze the pan deposits. Add the bay leaves, rosemary, honey, and water. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture into a sterilized jar, cover, and refrigerate for at least 3 days.

Pickled Pumpkin:

To make the Pickled Pumpkin: In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and sweat them for 1 minute. Add the pumpkin and cook for 2 minutes more. Add with vinegar and stir and scrape to deglaze the pan deposits. Add the bay leaves, rosemary, honey, and water. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and simmer just until the squash cubes are al dente, about 15 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture into a sterilized jar, cover, and refrigerate for at least 3 days.


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