Cal Stamenov, chef at the Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, California, gave us this recipe for little beef skewers cooked so fast that the meat stays tender and juicy despite its thinness. Prep and Cook Time: 40 minutes, plus 8 hours for marinating. Notes: Soak the skewers in water a few hours before using so they won't splinter or burn.
1/2 head garlic, cloves peeled and thinly sliced, plus 1 tablespoon finely grated garlic
2 thinly sliced spring onions
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
Salt and pepper
4 to 6 chives, thinly sliced
How to Make It
Slice the tenderloin into 1/2-inch-thick slices and lightly pound each with the flat side of a meat pounder until about 1/4 inch thick. Each piece should be rectangular (about 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches); trim off any raggedy bits for another use, such as a stir-fry. Stir together sliced ginger, sliced garlic, spring onions, and olive oil in a bowl. Add beef, toss to coat, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 8 hours.
Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for high heat (you can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds).
Meanwhile, whisk together grated ginger, grated garlic, rice vinegar, and soy sauce in a small bowl. Thread beef slices onto soaked skewers (see notes) and season with salt and pepper.
Brush the grill with vegetable oil. If using coals, mound to one side to reach about 4 inches below the grill. Lay skewers on grill; close lid on gas grill.
Grill skewers just until seared, turning once, about 30 seconds per side. Serve skewers drizzled with ginger sauce and garnished with chives.