The Chew: Grilled Beef Tagliata Recipe by Felicity Huffman


The Chew: Felicity Huffman

Star of ABC’s Desperate Housewives, Felicity Huffman came to The Chew to cook Mario Batali’s Grilled Beef Tagliata Recipe. Felicity Huffman is a mother of two, fitting in the theme of Mother’s Day week. She brought her own apron with her and we got to learn a little bit about her and her show while the meat (double entendres abounded) cooked. We learned that Desperate Housewives is in its 8th and final season.

We also learned that Felicity Huffman got the job because that the casting director told her, she was a mess. Her clothes were covered in stains, her hair wasn’t done, her makeup looked atrocious and so on. The casting director’s reaction to all this was, “You’re just the mom we’ve been looking for.”


The Chew: Grilled Beef Tagliata Recipe

The Chew: Grilled Beef Tagliata Recipe

Felicity Huffman cooks Mario Batali's Grilled Beef Tagliata recipe on The Chew

Mario Batali starts this segment off by informing us that there are only two ways to manipulate a meat dish:

  1. Get really good meat (investigate the butcher, inspect the quality thoroughly, etc. etc.)
  2. Marinade

So this Grilled Beef Tagliata recipe calls for a delicious marinade



  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup whole fresh rosemary needles
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2-2 1/2 pounds flank steak
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 8 cups loosely packed arugula
  • sea salt
  • aged balsamico condimento
  • finishing-quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 porcini mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup mince shallots
  • 1 lemon (juice and zest)
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


The first thing we have to do is make the marinade. So put rosemary, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and some salt in a food processor. Salt is unusual for a marinade, but it’s okay to do when you’re only marinating something for a short period of time. Let the food processor do its job and then pour the marinade onto the steak.

Marinate for one hour. Please speak to Felicity Huffman while you wait.

Put the fully marinated steak on the grill and cook to the desired point. Ask Felicity Huffman how she ever get to be so lovely while you wait. Ask her about the cast of Desperate Housewives. Or, if you’re a nerd like me ask her extremely intricate questions about Sports Night that she can’t possibly answer. I know which option I’m choosing.

When finished cooking, slice the steak thinly and lay it out across a plate as you get started on the dressing.

Zest lemon into a bowl and then squeeze in some lemon juice. Whisk that together with light champagne vinegar and olive oil. Throw in some arugula and mix it together with your hands. Place the arugula on the plate next to the steak.

Shave raw porcini mushrooms over the plate. Then drizzle balsamic vinaigrette over it. Voila. You have Mario Batali’s Grilled Beef Tagliata, a meal worthy of Mother’s Day dinner. And Felicity Huffman.


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