Shredded Beef Salad
In one of the very early issues I found a recipe for a shredded beef salad with a chipolte dressing. It intrigued me so I copied it down and tucked it away. A few weeks ago I rediscovered it and decided to make it.
It's a time consuming recipe but well worth the effort and, when made as written, will feed a small army. The only thing I would try differently would be to puree the dressing ingredients for a smoother consistency. Bit aside from that it was very tasty and as we ate it we both commented that this would work well with any meat be it chicken, pork or a fish like tuna.
Shredded Beef Salad with Chipotle Dressing (Salpicón)
1 5-lb. top-cut beef brisket, trimmed
2 large yellow onions, peeled and sliced
4 cups Beef Stock
4 fresh poblano chiles (or 6 fresh anaheims)
1 7-oz. can chipotle chiles en adobo
2⁄3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1⁄2 cup fresh lime juice
1⁄3 cup white wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 medium red onion, peeled and diced
3⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 head romaine lettuce, separated into leaves
3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
2 avocados, peeled and cut into wedges
5 radishes, thinly sliced
1. Place brisket in a large pot and scatter with yellow onions. Add stock and enough cold water to cover by 3". Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until fork-tender, about 4 hours, turning midway through cooking time.
2. Remove pot from heat and let stand uncovered until brisket is cool enough to handle, about 25 minutes. Transfer brisket to cutting surface and shred with two forks or your fingers. Set aside.
3. Char poblanos over an open flame or under a broiler, turning to blacken all over. Place in a paper bag, close, and steam 15 minutes. Rub off skin and remove stems. Slice open, scrape out veins and seeds, and cut into strips.
4. Drain chipotles, reserving adobo sauce. Seed and chop chipotles, then whisk with oil, lime juice, vinegar, salt, and garlic in a large mixing bowl. If sauce is not spicy enough, add reserved adobo sauce. Stir in beef, poblanos, cheese, red onions, and cilantro.
5. To serve, arrange salpicón (beef mixture) on a bed of romaine leaves, and garnish with tomatoes, avocados, and radishes.
This recipe was first published in Saveur in Issue #10