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Carne Salada with Pickled Onions

Prep time 10 mins
Stand time 20 mins
Chill time 56 hrs
Yield Makes 20 appetizer servings
For a pick-up appetizer, top baguette slices with flavorful Carne Salada with Pickled Onions.


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup coarse-grained smoked salt
  • 1/3 cup smoked black pepper
  • 1 (1 1/4-pound) beef tenderloin, trimmed
  • Toasted baguette slices
  • Pickled Onions

How to Make It

  1. Combine sugar and kosher salt in a small bowl. Combine smoked salt and smoked pepper; rub on beef. Place in a deep pan, and cover with sugar mixture. Chill, uncovered, 2 days, turning beef occasionally.

  2. Remove beef from curing mixture, wiping away all residue. Wrap beef in cheesecloth, and hang above a bowl in the refrigerator (to drain away liquid) 8 hours or overnight.

  3. Cut beef into very thin slices. Top baguette slices with beef and Pickled Onions.