Carpaccio is the ultimate recipe to make a little beef go a very long way. This sophisticated dish was invented in Harrys Bar in Venice and named after the great fifteenth-century Venetian painter.
First make the sauce. Put the egg yolks into a bowl and add the mustard, sugar and wine vinegar and mix well. Whisk in the oil gradually as though you were making mayonnaise. Finally, add the grated horseradish and chopped parsley and tarragon. Taste and season if necessary.
Chill the meat. Slice the beef fillet with a very sharp knife, as thinly as possible. Place each slice on a piece of oiled clingfilm and cover with another piece of oiled clingfilm. Roll gently with a rolling pin until almost transparent and double in size. Peel the clingfilm off the top, invert the meat on to a chilled plate, and gently peel away the other layer of film.
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