- Suitable for freezing
- Delivered fresh
- Native breed
- Cook on the BBQ
Perhaps one of the most recognisable steaks, the fillet of beef sits inside the sirloin and is one of the least used muscles, hence its melt-in-the-mouth tenderness.
Chef Valentine Warner says:
"Inclined to head for steaks that have worked over their lifetime I do however occasionally enjoy a fillet steak, roasted to medium-rare and well-rested that it delivers its juicy suppleness.
A man for tradition and a well-made green peppercorn sauce is a fine accompaniment for fillet steak. I like it to be quite hot in its delivery, the sauce made with a good dark beef stock and only the tiniest splash of cream. Use some of the piquant and slightly ‘soapy’ liquid from the peppercorns as well as the corns themselves.
So too a good cep sauce made with white vermouth is a wonderful accompaniment and especially if the mushrooms have been picked by you. NOTE: If using dried cep (porcini, penny buns, boletus) always use the water to rehydrate them in the sauce as heaven only knows how many times I've seen it chucked away once the soaking is done. Madness!
I once ate a buttery roasted apple en croûte with fillet steak all luxuriating on a powerful brandy sauce, containing no cream. Mon Dieu it was delicious!
A light chicken stock and champagne-based cream sauce is very delicate and remarkable when fresh oysters are blitzed in at the end and served alongside the beef.
Very occasionally I like to heat a good Japanese dashi stock or beef broth, the poaching pot resting in the hot coals of my small portable charcoal barbecue. Slice the fillet paper thin and arrange near some shiitake and maybe some cabbage and sliced tofu. These will be dipped in the broth and lightly cooked. Have a sharp and tangy ponzu or rich ground sesame sauce nearby for dipping and dressing. Fillet is not normally used for such hot pot cooking in Japan (fattier more marbled cuts preferred) but it works well provided the meat is dunked for little more than seconds. Lovely for a winter weekend with a bottle of good saké."
* All Swaledale beef is heritage breed and raised on independent farms and smallholdings dotted around the wildly beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Slow grown and free to roam on the swath of green hills and valleys; the result is naturally marbled, exceptional tasting beef with an umami taste - rich, dense and flavourful. Our beef fillet is aged on the carcass to intensify its natural grass-fed character. Fillet steaks are Always Fresh Never Frozen®, butchered to order, vacuum packed, and shipped in recyclable packaging to arrive safely insulated and ready to enjoy.
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