Aaron Kirk
Active Time
25 Mins
Total Time
55 Mins
Yield
Serves 6 (serving size: 1/2 cup tartare, about 1 tbsp. orange cream)

Traditional tartare is an indulgent delight of varying raw textures, which we replicate here using cherries, walnuts, and a surprising mixture of orange and cream. Try it on baguettes with a grassy olive oil for contrast, or plate it among a bed of bitter greens (such as arugula) for a salad.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place tomatoes in a colander and let drain 30 minutes.

Step 2

While tomatoes drain, whisk together cream, orange zest, orange flavoring, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt just until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the walnuts. Chill orange cream until ready to use.

Step 3

Transfer drained tomatoes to a large bowl. Add cherries, tarragon, honey, walnut oil, pepper, 1 teaspoon of the sherry vinegar, and remaining 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Transfer tomato mixture to a colander and let drain 5 minutes.

Step 4

Place a 3-inch metal ring mold on a plate. Fill ring with 1/2 cup of the tomato mixture; smooth top. Remove ring. Repeat procedure with remaining tomato mixture on a total of 6 plates. Drizzle 1/4 teaspoon of remaining sherry vinegar on top of each tartare. Place a quenelle or dollop of orange cream on top of each tartare. Garnish with tarragon leaves. Serve immediately.

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