Happy French Friday! This post marks quite a milestone! With the make-up recipe I did this week, I am now 100% caught up on French Fridays with Dorie! Bring on the final 7 recipes! (Sorry for all the exclamation points…can you tell I’m excited?)
So, we’re going to talk about two recipes today. This week’s recipe, Next-Day Beef Salad, and one from quite some time ago, Orange-Almond Tart.
Next-Day Beef Salad
For some reason I put off trying Next-Day Beef Salad because I thought it required leftover beef tenderloin from Boeuf à la Ficelle. Turns out you can use pretty much any leftover beef. I used top sirloin, but I can see how something a little more tender would be better.
This salad was created when Dorie made an attempt at clearing out a variety of leftovers. She gives us a specific recipe, but also gives us permission to play around with it.
The recipe starts with the beef and a simple dressing of mayonnaise and mustard. I added in green onions, Picholine olives, cornichons, grape tomatoes, and red bell pepper. Tossed together, I served my salad on a bed of mixed greens.
This was good! I really enjoyed the flavor of the mustard dressing with the beef. This is a great recipe to keep in mind when you have leftover roast beef and want to use it for something a little different.
The group made Orange-Almond Tart way back in February 2011. I chose not to make it at the time because we just didn’t need to have a big dessert. If I had known back then that I would be on track to complete every recipe from Around My French Table, I might not have skipped it.
Orange-Almond Tart is a riff on the classic Pear and Almond Tart. It still has the pâte sablée crust and the almond cream, but the pears are replaced with oranges.
Why did I wait so long to try this tart? I knew I would like it because, you know, dessert. But I didn’t expect to love, love, love it! I loved the unexpected burst of orange juice. The flavor went so well with the creamy almond filling and the tender, sweet crust. Making this tart was a reminder how much I like Dorie’s Sweet Tart Dough recipe.
There you have it! I look forward to finishing the final stretch of recipes with 100% completion! Have a great weekend!