How to make it

  • 1. For the beef, preheat the oven to 60C/140F/Gas ¼. Heat a frying pan until hot, then add the corn oil. Add the beef and fry until it has browned on all sides - this should take no more than two minutes in total.
  • 2. Remove the beef from the pan and allow to cool. Wrap the fillet in cling film and place on a roasting tray in the oven. Cook for 50-60 minutes. (NB: Not every type of cling film is suitable for using with all foods. Check the description on the packaging to see what foods and what temperatures it can be used with.)
  • 3. For medium rare, the core temperature of the meat will be 57-59C (135-138F). Test the meat with a digital meat thermometer - if the 57-59C (135-138F) temperature has not been reached, increase the heat in the oven slightly and return the beef to the oven for a further 10 minutes, before checking once more. Repeat until the desired temperature has been reached.
  • 4. Remove the beef from the oven and heat a pan until hot. Fry the beef in the hot pan for no more than 30 seconds. You will find that there is no need to rest the meat as the proteins have not shrunk so that it requires resting.
  • 4. For the horseradish mash, place the potatoes into a large pan of cold water, bring up to the boil, then immediately drain and rinse in cold water.
  • 5. Place the rinsed potatoes back into cold water and bring to about 80C/175F (using a thermometer to check the temperature). You should be able to see steam coming up off the pan but there should not be movement in the water. Cook for 1½ hours at this temperature, then drain the potatoes, return them to the pan and place back over the heat to drive off any excess moisture.
  • 6. Pass the potatoes through a potato ricer or mash them, then add the cream and horseradish, to taste. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste, then spoon the potatoes into a piping bag. Set aside.
  • 7. For the cabbage, blanch the cabbage by boiling it in a large pan of boiling salted water for three minutes. Drain well.
  • 8. Add the butter to a separate pan and once it has melted, add the carrot and shallot and fry for two minutes.
  • 9. Add the blanched cabbage, bay leaf, thyme and chicken stock. Bring to the boil and cook until the volume of liquid has reduced slightly - roughly five minutes. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Set aside, keeping the cabbage warm.
  • 10. For the red wine sauce, heat a frying pan until hot, add the butter, shallots and mushrooms and fry until golden-brown.
  • 11. Drain the mushrooms and shallots in a colander to remove any fat, then return them to the pan. Add the reduced red wine and the beef stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat slightly and simmer for 10 minutes
  • 12. Pass the sauce through a sieve, return it to the pan and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • 13. To serve, drain the cabbage of any excess liquid and place it in the centre of four bowls. Pipe a mound of mashed potato next to the cabbage. Carve the beef and place it next to the cabbage and mash. Place the tortellini next to the mash on top of the cabbage. Finish the dish with the red wine sauce.

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