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: Grilled marinated garlic lamb

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Grilled marinated rosemary garlic butter lamb chops, stacked on butter cream potato mash, served with sautéed Dijon mustard crème mushrooms and salad on the side.

Ingredients (salad):

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Cheese (optional)
  • Olives (optional)

Ingredients (rosemary garlic butter lamb chops & sautéed Dijon mustard crème mushrooms):

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 lamb shoulder chops (each about 3/4 inch thick)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 113 grams of mixed mushrooms, sliced
  • 30 – 44 millilitres of dijon mustard, to taste
  • 2/3 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Ingredients (butter cream potato mash):

  • 680 grams gold potatoes, peeled and quartered length-wise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Potato masher

Directions:

  1. Prepare your salad. You can make it according to your taste (ie. Greek salad or your personal combination of fresh vegetables and fruits). Leave the salad on the side, ready to place on plates for supper.
  2. Put potatoes into a saucepan. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add water until potatoes are covered. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes, or until done – a fork can easily be poked through them.
  3. Meanwhile, you can grill the lamb chops. Chop garlic. Pat lamb dry and season with salt and pepper. In a 12-inch heavy skillet, heat oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and sear lamb 3 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic to the skillet, stir and cook for 2 minutes.  Then add the mushrooms, salt and pepper, and keep stirring frequently and cook for 3 minutes longer, or until the mushrooms begin to cook down slightly.
  5. Turn lamb over and sear 2 minutes more for medium-rare. Remove the lamb chops and mushrooms from the skillet to a warm plate and keep warm.
  6. Add the white wine to the skillet, keeping heat at medium-high, and stirring to combine any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.  Reduce the wine by half, then add the chicken stock to the pan, and again reduce the mixture by half.
  7. Add 30 millilitre of dijon mustard and the cream to the skillet, stir to combine and return the  lamb chops and mushrooms to the pan.  Cook for 3 – 4 minutes or until slightly thickened, then add the Parmesan cheese to the skillet and stir to blend.
  8. Taste and test the sauce and add the additional 14 millilitre of dijon mustard, if desired. (Note:  If the sauce is a little too thin for your preference, mix 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in a small bowl with a little cold water and blend into the sauce.  Stir constantly until the sauce thickens to your liking.)
  9. Add garlic, rosemary, lemon juice, and stock to a skillet and deglaze these contents over high heat, stirring and scraping up brown bits for 1 minute. Thereafter, whisk in butter.

10.Pour sauce over lamb.

11.By now, the potatoes should be done. Warm the cream and melt the butter, together. This can either be done in the microwave or in a pan on the stove. Drain water from potatoes. Put hot potatoes into a bowl. Add cream and melted butter. Use potato masher to mash potatoes until well mashed. Use a strong spoon to beat further, adding milk to achieve the consistency you desire. (Do not over-beat or your potatoes will get gluey.) Salt and pepper to taste.