Cabin Pressure Cook-Off // Hugh’s Appetizer Recipe
By: Taking Off
We were sad to see Chef Hugh Acheson get eliminated from the first challenge of the Cabin Pressure Cook-Off. If you didn’t get enough of him either, be sure to visit him at his acclaimed restaurant, Empire State South, located in Midtown Atlanta, or Five & Ten and The National in Athens.
Want to try your hand at his delicious shaved beef salad at home? It’s your lucky day. Here’s the recipe. Enjoy!
Shaved beef salad with green papaya, mango, pickled chilies, carrots, arugula and soy vinaigrette
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 shallot, peeled and finely minced
¼ teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint leaves
Combine all in a jar and shake vigorously. Set aside.
8 ounces skirt steak
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 green papaya, peeled, seeded and shaved very thinly
1 mango, peeled, pitted and sliced thinly
4 scallions, thinly bias cut
2 tablespoons sliced pickled Fresno chilies (red jalapenos)
½ cup sliced pickled carrots
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
2 cups arugula leaves
2 cups frisee lettuces, cored, light green only
2 tablespoons whole mint leaves
Place the steak in a baking dish and season with the salt and the vegetable oil. Prepare a very hot grill and sear for one minute on each side and then remove from heat and cool. When the steaks have cooled to a safe temperature, pour half of the vinaigrette over the unsliced steaks, cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.
In a large bowl, combine the papaya, mango, scallions, pickled chilies, carrots, sesame, arugula, frisee and mint leaves in a large bowl. Dress with the remaining half of the vinaigrette and toss well. Remove the beef from the refrigerator and thinly slice it, against the grain, and arrange the slices onto four plates. Top the beef evenly with the salad and then drizzle remaining vinaigrette around the plates.