Beef Jerky Salad

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
100g beef jerky
250ml beef stock
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
Thumb-sized piece root ginger, peeled and grated

For the dressing

2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1-2 tablespoons reserved beef stock (from soaking beef jerky)
Pinch caster sugar
Sea salt and black pepper

For the crispy shallots

4 banana shallots, peeled and finely sliced
Vegetable oil for deep frying

For the salad

1 cucumber, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
250 grams cherry tomatoes, halved
3 baby gem lettuce, leaves separated
250 grams green beans, trimmed and blanched
Small bunch basil, roughly chopped
Small bunch coriander, roughly chopped
Small bunch mint, roughly chopped
For serving:
4 eggs
White wine vinegar
Handful salted peanuts, crushed
Lime wedges

Put the beef jerky into a heatproof bowl and set aside.

Pour the stock into a small saucepan, add the chilli, garlic and bring to the boil. Pour the hot stock over the beef jerky, cover with clingfilm and leave to soak for 10 minutes until the beef jerky has softened.

Strain the beef and reserve the stock. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.

Tip the shallots into a small saucepan, cover with oil and set over a medium to high heat. As the oil gets hotter, the shallots will start to turn crisp and golden; at this point remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Season with sea salt while still warm then set aside.

Meanwhile combine the beef and salad ingredients in a large bowl, toss with the dressing then tip into a large serving bowl.

Heat a large pan of water to simmering point and add the vinegar. Crack the eggs into the pan and poach gently for 4 to 5 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Remove from the pan and drain thoroughly.

Lay the poached eggs on top of the salad, scatter with the crispy shallots and crushed peanuts and serve with lime wedges.

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