Recipe provided by Chef Jonathan Pepera, Double 8 Cattle Company Contributor
PREPARING THE AJI SAUCE
To make the aji sauce, place the shallots, minced garlic cloves, ground mustard, lemon juice, sugar, kewpie mayo, cilantro leaves, jalapeño (seeded), cumin, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper in a blender.
Blend on high until smooth. Reserve for later.
PREPARING THE PERUVIAN LOMO SALTADO
Cut the Idaho potatoes into julienne pieces.
Wash the cut potatoes, and pat dry.
Heat canola oil in a skillet (covering bottom of skillet and about 1 inch deep) until a temperature of 275°F is reached.
Fry the potatoes in the oil for 3 minutes, and then remove the potatoes. Let them cool at room temperature.
Cut the Fullblood Wagyu picanha roast into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Slices should be 2 inches in length.
Season the sliced roast with cumin, chili powder, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
Heat the oil in the skillet again until a temperature of 350°F is reached.
Place the previously fried potatoes back in the oil/skillet, and fry until golden brown.
Remove the potatoes from the oil, and place them on a plate (lined with a paper towel).
Remove almost all of the oil from the pan, leaving about 2 tablespoons.
Add the seasoned and sliced Fullblood Wagyu roast to the pan.
Cook the beef for 2-3 minutes or until evenly browned.
Remove the meat from the pan, and reserve.
Cut the red pearl onions in half, and add to the pan. Cook for 2 minutes or until caramelized.
Add the minced garlic cloves and thyme. Cook for an additional minute.
Deglaze the pan with beef stock. Then, add the soy sauce and sugar.
Return the Fullblood Wagyu beef to the pan.
Cut the tomatoes in half, and add them to the pan.
Add the cooked/fried potatoes to the pan. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Finish by adding chopped cilantro on the top.
Serve the Peruvian Lomo Saltado with the previously prepared Aji Sauce and cooked rice.