Former Miss South Africa Sandy de Bruin delights in creating a magical setting in which to serve a memorable festive lunch
- 50ml olive oil
- 1 baguette, sliced into 2cm slices
- salt and black pepper
- 10ml dried mixed herbs
- 5ml Cajun spice
- 300g beef fillet
- 80g Roquefort cheese or other blue cheese, crumbled
- baby salad leaves and herbs, to serve
For the caramelised onions:
- 2 red onions, peeled and thinly sliced
- 100g brown sugar
- 100ml red wine
1. Brush a little of the olive oil over the bread slices. Season with salt and pepper and a few of the dried herbs, if desired. Toast in the oven until golden and crispy on both sides. Set aside.
2. To make the carpaccio: mix the remaining oil, Cajun spice and mixed herbs together and rub it all over the beef fillet. Sear the meat on all sides in a hot pan for 1–2 minutes per side. Allow to cool, then wrap the fillet tightly in plastic wrap and freeze for at least 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and slice carefully into wafer-thin slices. Arrange them in a single layer and chill in the fridge until required.
3. To make the caramelised onions: place all the ingredients in a heavy-based pan and simmer over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced by half. Allow to cool.
4. To assemble the canapés: arrange a few salad leaves on each slice of toasted baguette. Top with some onions, cheese and a folded piece of carpaccio. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve accompanied by a glass of bubbly.
Cook’s note: The carpaccio and caramelised onions can be prepared the day before.
This recipe serves 8 – 10.