Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio

The thought of raw beef might  be unappetizing, but that’s probably because you haven’t tried carpaccio yet.


10 ounces of beef tenderloin (petit filet)*                     $4.00

4 tablespoons high quality olive oil                                 $1.00

1 cup spring mix greens                                                        $0.75

Shaved parmesan cheese, to taste                                    $0.50

Cracked pepper, to taste                                                       $free (ish)

Total Cost (4 servings)                                                           $6.25

Take the 1o ounce filet and put it in the freezer for approximately 1-2 hours. You don’t want it completely frozen, but it is much easier to work with when it is cold. Put four salad plates in the refridgerator.

Using either a meat slicer or a sharp knife, shave off thin slices of beef (approximately 1/8″ thick) and pile them on top of each other as they are sliced off.

Lay out a sheet of plastic wrap, and divide the slices into four groups, making a slightly overlapping circle with each group of slices of beef. Lay another sheet of plastic wrap over the circles.

Take a pie tin and a rubber mallet and place the pie tin over one of the circles. Carefully, but firmly, hammer the pie tin down over the circle to further thin the meat to your liking. Do this again for each of the four circles. Peel the meat off of the plastic wrap and put each circle on the bottom of one of the chilled plates.

Set the greens on top of each plate of beef, shave the parmesan, and add the cracked pepper. Drizzle each with about a tablespoon of olive oil and serve. ENJOY!


*Ok, 2frugalfoodies, now you are surely lying to me. $4 for 10 ounces of filet mignon? I can’t get chicken that cheap!!

We’re not lying to you. $4 for 10 ounces of filet is perfectly attainable, provided that you find a WHOLE beef tenderloin at the right sale price. We bought this tenderloin for $6.99 per pound at a recent sale at our local grocery store.  If your only local options think that $10.99 per pound is a great deal for a whole beef tenderloin, laugh at them. At the very least, you should be able to find it for $8.99 per pound at Sam’s Club or Costco.

The trick with buying a whole tenderloin is knowing what to do with it. We plan to post a page with directions soon, but you can google or youtube “Whole Beef Tenderloin” and get great directions from many different places.


We did post  a page with directions! You can find it here.

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