Bison Carpaccio pili pili


Serves: 6

Prep: 20 min, plus chilling
Cook: 10 min


1 piece of very fresh bison fillet, 20cm in length, ends trimmed off
Olive oil, for brushing

For the spice rub:

150g peppercorns, roughly crushed
6 dried red chillies
pinch of dried thyme
pinch of dried oregano

For the salad:

50g rocket leaves
50g Watercress
50g baby spinach leaves
shavings of Parmesan, to garnish

For the dressing:

1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp dark Soy sauce
2 tbsp Olive oil
salt and fresh ground black pepper


1. First make the spice rub. In a pestle and mortar crush together the peppercorns, dried chillies, thyme and oregano. Spread the spice rub evenly over a tray.

2. Lightly brush the bison fillet with olive oil. Evenly coat the bison fillet in the spice rub.

3. Preheat a griddle until very hot. Place the bison on the griddle and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side over a very high heat, searing the sides of the fillet but leaving the meat raw in the centre.

4. Remove, cool, wrap tightly in cling film and chill, either in the refrigerator for 2 hours or a freezer for 20 minutes.

5. Slice the chilled bison into medium thick slices.

6. Make the dressing by whisking together the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and olive oil. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

7. Toss together the rocket, watercress and baby spinach in a serving dish and toss with the dressing.

8. Layer the bison slices over the salad and garnish with Parmesan shavings. Serve.

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