Here is a recipe with a peruvian flare to it.  I served this for lunch a week or so ago for a bunch of guys and they absolutely loved it.  The sauce for the beef is made from huacatay, which is sort of like a cross between peruvian mint and epazote.   There is a farmer in L.A. who grows it fresh so it is easy to find every week at the santa monica farmers market but you can find it preserved in jars in speciality grocery stores or online.  The sauce is really versatile and can be used for fish, meat, vegetables or anything else you can think of.  I served it with white sweet potato seasoned with cumin along with cauliflower, beets, and artichokes.  Here is the recipe and I hope you enjoy it.  

1lb of beef filet cut into 4 4oz pieces

1 garlic clove

2 tbsp of butter

8 leaves of huacatay


Huacatay Sauce,

3 roasted poblanos peeled and deseeded

2 roasted jalapeño peeled and deseeded 

1 can of evaporated milk

10 white crackers

1/4 cup of parmesan cheese shredded

1/3 cup of veganaise (mayonnaise)

1 large bunch of huacatay leaves (2 cups)

Salt to taste


2 large white sweet potatoes

3 tbsp of butter

2 tsp of cumin


1 small head of cauliflower 

4 small artichokes (see Recipe)

4 baby red beets

Olive oil

Micro beets and chervil


Set sous vide machine to 133 degrees

For the Beef,

Place the beef in a cryovac bag along with huacatay, garlic, and butter. Seal the bag air tight and place in the water bath.  Cook for 25 minutes and then take out of the water bath and set aside.

For the Artichokes,

Take the artichokes and pull off the outer tough leaves (wearing gloves helps you not to get pricked). Then take a pairing knife, cut off the tops and trim the bottoms of the green outer skin trying to keep the stem intact.  Trim the stems as well of all the green tough skin.  Immediately take one half of a lemon and wipe the artichoke all over to stop the oxidation process.  Place in a bowl of water with 2 cups of water and 1 lemon juiced.  Continue until you have all the artichokes peeled.   Then in a pot on medium low heat add olive oil and artichokes.  Cook for 1-2 minutes without browning then add the wine and water and the rest of the vegetables.   Take your parchment paper and cut a square.  Then fold it over in half and then in half again.  Then fold it diagonally into a triangle.  Then fold two more times continuing the triangle.  Then cut the point of the triangle off and cut around the outer edge to fit the size of the pot. Open the paper up (This is called a Cartouche), the paper should be a round circle that fits inside the pot with a whole in the middle of the paper.  This is basically a lid for the artichokes to keep them submerged under the water.  Bring the pot up to a slowly to up to much to temperature where the water is just barely bubbling.  Cook the artichokes until they are just tender all the way through.  Test the artichoke with a cake tester to check the doneness.  Take off the heat and let the artichokes cool to room temp.

For the Beets,

Simply wash them and place them in a pot with salt and water.  Bring to a boil and turn down to a  simmer.  Cook for roughly 45 minutes or until tender.  Peel and set aside.  

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

For the Cauliflower 

In a bowl toss all three colored cauliflower with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place on a sheet pan and roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Then take the pan out of the oven and set aside.

For the Sweet Potato Puree,

Peel and dice the sweet potatoes and place in a pot.  Fill with water and add salt.  Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer.  Cook until all the sweet potatoes are tender.  Strain off all the water completely, then add butter, cumin, and salt to adjust the seasoning.  Puree until smooth either with a food processor or hand blender.  Keep warm and set aside.

For the Huacatay Sauce,

Place huacatay leaves, roasted chile's, evaporated milk, into a vita mix.  Puree until smooth and then add crackers, cheese, and veganaise. Season with salt and puree until smooth and a little thick.  Adjust the seasoning if necessary and place into a squirt bottle.  

To finish,

Take the beef out of the bag and season with salt and pepper.  In a hot sauté pan add little olive oil and sear the steaks for 1 1/2 on each side then take out and rest the meat.  Add the sweet potato puree to the plate.  Then add dots of huacatay sauce all over.  Add the vegetables to the plate.  Slice the meat and finish the meat with sea salt.  Garnish with micro beet and chervil.  Serve and Enjoy!

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