Recipe: Boeuf en Croute pastry

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Boeuf en Croute done with cheese and herb pastry with red wine sauce. finished with potato, baby carrots and beans on the side with beef gravy.

Ingredients:

  • 604 grams of beef tenderloin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 454 grams mushrooms, very finely chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup Madeira
  • 2 tablespoons creme fraiche
  • Handful chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 x 453 grams packages puff pastry or frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • potato, baby carrot and beans (optional)

Directions:

1. Season the beef with salt, and pepper. Melt a tablespoon of butter with a drizzle of the olive oil in a sauté pan until hot, then sear the beef on all sides. Remove from the pan to a board, and let cool completely, then wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate.

2. In the same pan as the beef, prepare the mushroom duxelles: Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and fry the shallots until translucent. Add the mushrooms, thyme, and bay leaf, and cook until very tender. Pour over the Madeira, and bring to a boil, and cook until all the liquid has evaporated. Add the creme fraiche and cook down to a very thick paste. Season the mixture with salt, and pepper. Stir through the chopped parsley.

3. Roll out one block of pastry to a rectangle large enough to fit the meat with a roomy border. Place on a baking sheet. Remove the fillet from the refrigerator, and unwrap. Spoon the mushroom mixture into the center of the pastry and set the meat on top. Roll out the second sheet to fit over the whole fillet generously. In a small bowl, beat together the egg and 1 teaspoon water. Brush the margins of the bottom pastry with egg wash, then drape the second sheet over, pressing to seal well. Trim the edge to a 1-inch border. Crimp the edges with your fingers. Refrigerate until ready to bake.

4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

5. Brush the whole surface of the pastry with egg wash and make two slits in the top with a knife to allow steam to escape. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F, and continue to bake 20 minutes, depending on how well you like your meat done. Remove from the oven and let stand about 10 minutes before serving in slices.

6. Serve with potato, baby carrots beans and gravy if desired.

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Recipe: Egg roll with grilled kingklip

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Lightly spiced with pepper, herb and salt Kingklip grilled with melted Mozzarella topped with onion, tomato and parsley puree & prepared cucumber on soft butter mash. Finished with rolled spice egg filled with rich bacon and beans.

Ingredients:

  • 1 side of white fish, cleaned and scaled (approximately 2.5kg)
  • 4tbsn softened butter
  • 2tbsn fish spice of your choice
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • mozzarella cheese
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 50 ml tomato puree
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons italian mixed herbs
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 60 ml tomato sauce
  • 3 small eggs
  • 1 packet of back bacon
  • 1 can of beans

For the lemon-garlic butter:

  • 1.5 cups butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2tbsn cream
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3tbsn freshly chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°c.
  2. Place the fish on an oiled roasting tray and rub/brush the softened butter all over it. Sprinkle with the fish spice and cover with foil.
  3. Place in the oven and allow to bake/roast for 12-15 minutes and then remove the foil. Allow to bake/roast for another 5 minutes or until cooked throughout.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the butter, garlic and lemon juice together in a small saucepan.
  5. Add the cream and mix well (I use my handheld blender at this point but it’s not essential).
  6. Add parsley and pepper to taste.
  7. Mix onions, tomato, parsley, tomato sauce, tomato puree, Italian herbs, and garlic cloves on the frying pan and serve with kingklip when ready.
  8. Serve the fish with a generous spoonful of the lemon-garlic butter and a good sprinkling of capers.
  9. Fry an egg omelette with the 3 small eggs, then place it aside. Fry as many rashers of bacon as you’d like, and cook the canned beans. Serve together with kingklip.