By Carl Hanson

Carpaccio is an impressive way to start any romantic dinner. But carpaccio formed into a heart-shaped valentine? That's just epic. It's love in the raw.

A Meatheart for Your Sweetheart

Ah, the romance! Here's how to make Chef John's "meatheart for your sweetheart" for Valentine's Day.  And don't miss his video below.

1. Start with a high-quality, fully trimmed fillet of beef…and a very sharp knife.

Beautiful Beef Tenderloin

2. Using your very sharp knife, slice the beef across the grain into thin slices.

Slicing Beef Tenderloin

3. Then form the slices into a heart shape.

Arranging Beef

4. Cover with plastic wrap and gently pound into a super-thin sheet about ⅛-inch thick.

Pounding the Beef

5. Serve your impossibly romantic meatheart valentine with this simple salad.

Salad for Meat Heart

To fully grok the subtle details, check out Chef John's video for How to Make Heart-Shaped Carpaccio.

Your Valentine might also like these top-rated Chef John recipes:


Check out our complete collection of Valentine's Day Recipes.


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