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Beef and Chocolate at The BodyHoliday

Beef Fillet, Chocolate, Port, Fig, and Brussels Sprouts

Dark chocolate and beef make a perfectly good match. With the sweet fig and earthy sprouts, these are definitely ideal seasonal ingredients.

What you will need for four servings:

  • 4 – 190g pieces of Beef Fillet

Sauce

  • 1 tbsp. of juniper berry
  • 50g of thyme
  • 4 garlic cloves, lightly crushed
  • 500g of beef trimmings
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 shallots
  • ½ bulb of garlic
  • 10g of thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 10 white peppercorns
  • 150ml of raspberry vinegar
  • 2l of red wine
  • 2l of brown chicken stock
  • 2l of beef stock
  • 50g of fig purée
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Ganache

  • 50ml of port
  • 125ml of whipping cream
  • 140g of 70% bitter chocolate, chopped
  • 40g of butter, softened

Vegetables

  • 250g of turnips
  • 100g of butter
  • 100ml of chicken stock
  • 12 Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 fresh figs, cut into eights
  • 15g of shadow benny

Method:

1. Fry the beef trimmings in oil until browned all over then set aside. Fry the shallots and garlic; add the herbs and peppercorns then deglaze the pan with 100ml of vinegar and the wine

2. Reduce to syrup, and then add the stocks and beef trimmings

3. Cook for 45 minutes skimming regularly. Adjust the seasoning and freshen with the remaining vinegar if necessary. Stir in the fig purée. Pass through a sieve and chill

4. In a pan, toast and lightly crush the juniper berries. Separately blend the thyme with the oil. Add the juniper and garlic cloves to the oil

5. Pour the mixture into a vacuum pack bag with the meat. Leave to marinate while you prepare the other elements of the dish

6. For the chocolate ganache, put the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Bring the port and cream to the boil. Add ½ of it to the chocolate, add the butter and beat until fully combined

7. Add the remaining cream to the chocolate mix and leave to cool. Chill to set

8. For the beef, heat the oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4. Sear the beef in the oil in a hot pan and then transfer to the oven for 5-10 minutes depending on how you like it cooked

9. Add the turnips and cook until browned on one side, turn over and brown on the other side. Pour in the stock, cover and cook until tender

10. Fry the Brussels sprouts in a little oil until tinged brown. Add a knob of butter and 100ml of water and poach until just tender

11. Spoon the chocolate ganache onto the plate, slice the loins in half and position the two sides of beef on top

12. Scatter the sprouts, turnips and figs across the plate then drizzle with the jus.

Bon appétit!

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