Tapenade stuffed picanha

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Tapenade stuffed picanha

This is the recipe that makes your flavour nerves tingle. This is going to be the recipe you have to try this coming summer. I stuffed a Wagyu picanha with dry tapenade, fried onions and mushrooms.

The stuffing does not take anything away from the already magnificent cut of meat but compliments it with all those extra flavours. If you can’t find a Wagyu picanha, use the best picanha you can find.



  • Picanha with an even fat cap
  • 250 grams of sliced mushrooms
  • 2 small white onions
  • Salt and pepper
  • olive oil

For the dry tapenade

  • 150 grams of green olives
  • 60 grams of pinenuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt
  • 50 grams of Pecorino cheese
  • a small handful of chopped parsley

How to

  1. Toast the pinenuts in a dry pan until they are browned.
  2. Put the green olives in a blender, so you get a rough textured paste. Season it with some salt and a pressed garlic clove. Then ad the Pecorino cheese, the toasted pinenuts and the parsley. Mix this all up.
  3. Put a pan on the fire, ad some olive oil and brown the sliced mushrooms. Put a little salt and pepper in and bake it a couple of minutes more before taking them out.
  4. Put a little bit more olive oil in the pan and sliced onions. Fry them till they are soft and browned.
  5. Mix the mushrooms, onions and tapenade and keep it aside while you prepare the picanha.
  6. Take a chefs knife and make a pocket in the picanha beginning by the flat side of the triangular shape. Make sure not to pierce through the other sides.
  7. Put the stuffing in the pocket you’ve made. Get as much as possible in as you can.
  8. Carve the fat cap so it can render down more easily. Sprinkle a bit of salt on top.
  9. Fire up your grill to an indirect temperature of 140°C (284F). put the picanha on the cooler side of the grates and stick a thermometer in the meat without hitting the stuffing.
  10. Close the lid and let the picanha cook to a core temperature of 50°C (122F) Before you sear it over direct heat to form a nice crust.
  11. Let the picanha rest for 10 minutes and cut it into thick slices.

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