Paul Mahon shows how to make a scrumptious family feast with Beef. Easy to make, and even easier to eat, from his time on Heat.
- 6 fillets of beef
- 6 small portions of short rib
- 500 g potatoes
- 100 g horseradish (finely grated)
- 1 carrot
- 1 medium onion
- 1 stick of celery
- 150 ml red wine
- 400 ml beef stock
- Brown the ribs in a hot pan with a little oil. Finely chop the carrot, onion and celery. Put the ribs and chopped veg in a pot and add wine and reduce by half.
- Add the stock and simmer for half an hour. Transfer to an oven and slow cook at about 150°C for a couple of hours. Add a little more stock if it's reducing too much.
For the mash:
- Boil and mash the potatoes. Season well with salt and butter.
- Heat the cream and add the horseradish and simmer gently for a minute just to soften. Mix through the potato a little at a time to achieve the desired taste that suits you.
- Preheat oven to 190°C
- On a very hot pan brown the fillet steaks on both sides. Transfer to the oven and roast to your liking. Rare will only take about 5 minutes up to 15 for well done.
- With your fingers push the centre of the steak. The more resistance you get, the more it's cooked through. Medium rare should offer a little resistance.
- Place a small bowl or ramekin on the plate and spoon in a little potato. Place a rib on top and drizzle with the reduced stock. Place more potato on the plate and place the fillet beside, again drizzle with a little reduced stock.
- We served this with a little pan-seared foie gras on the top of the steak and a drop of truffle oil for a wonderful aroma. For vegetables I served wilted spinach, butter sautéed chanterelle mushrooms and oven roasted tomatoes.