Thai beef salad in cucumber cups

Last updated 11:22 06/12/2013
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Struggling to find fresh and healthy Xmas canapes? These thai beef salad cucumber cups are the perfect solution.

 ⅓ cup (80 ml/2¾ fl oz) kecap manis
 ⅓ cup (80 ml/2¾ fl oz) lime juice
 1 red chilli, finely sliced
 1 tablespoon sesame oil
 250 g (8 oz) piece beef eye fillet
 7 Lebanese cucumbers
 ½ stem lemon grass, white part only, finely chopped
 ¼ cup (60 ml/2 fl oz) lime juice
 1-2 fresh red chillies, finely sliced
 20 g (¾ oz) fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
 20 g (¾ oz) fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fish sauce


Main ingredient Beef
Type of dish Canapes
Course Starter
Cooking time 2+
Serves/makes 30
Special options Nut-free

1. Mix together the marinade ingredients. Put the beef eye fillet in a non-metallic bowl, pour in the marinade and refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight. Allow the meat to come back to room temperature before cooking.

2. Heat a barbecue or chargrill pan and cook the beef. For medium, cook for 7 minutes. Cook less for rare and longer for well-done. Allow to cool, then finely slice into thin strips and mix with the rest of the salad ingredients.

3. Cut off the ends of the cucumber and slice about 3 cm (1¼ inches) thick. Using a melon baller, scoop out the flesh from each slice to make a 'cup' about 1 cm (½ inch) thick. Fill each cup with the Thai beef salad.

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