Traditional roast beef fillet recipe

  • Serves 4
  • 10mins to prepare and 80-110mins to cook plus 15-20mins resting
  • 540 calories / serving
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A choice cut of beef, roasted over garlic, thyme and root veg and served with a red wine gravy. And now the meat is cooked you’ve got the main ingredient for three more dishes – crispy beef with noodles, a filled bagel or a mild and creamy curry.

Preheat the oven to gas 6, 220°C, fan 200°C. Put the carrots, garlic, thyme and onion in a medium roasting tin and drizzle over 1tbsp of the oil. Coat the beef with the remaining oil and season generously with salt and pepper.

Place the beef on top of the vegetables and roast for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to gas 3, 170°C, fan 150°C and roast for a further 50 minutes for medium rare or 1 hour 10 minutes for well done.

When the beef is ready, remove it from the oven and place on a carving board. Cover loosely with foil and allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes.

Remover any bits of vegetable from the roasting tin that look over-caramelised. Place the roasting tray on the hob over a medium heat and mash the vegetables using a potato masher. Pour in the wine and simmer for 3 minutes. Add 200ml (7fl oz) water and simmer for a further 2 minutes, then pour the mixture through a sieve.

Slice the beef and serve with the red wine gravy.

Set aside the leftover meat until cool. Wrap in foil or place in a lidded airtight plastic box and store in the fridge. Use within 2 days.

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  • Ingredients

  • 2 carrots, thickly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, squashed
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 1 small onion, cut into wedges
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1.25kg (2 1/2lb) beef fillet
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 175ml (6fl oz) red wine
  • Energy 2255kj 540kcal 27%
  • Fat 25g 35%
  • Saturates 10g 48%
  • Sugars 4g 4%
  • Salt 0.6g 11%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 5.1g Protein 67g Fibre 1.9g


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