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Fillet of beef in a rosemary crust

Fillet of beef in a rosemary crust

This is a sophisticated way to cook beef fillet (tenderloin): we make an unleavened bread dough (which will not be eaten), adding plenty of salt and lots of roughly chopped springs of rosemary.

The beef fillet is seared all over in a frying pan, then wrapped in the dough before being cooked in a hot oven.

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Last modified on: June 5th 2016

For 4 people, you will need:

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
15 min.35 min.50 min.
Preservation: Should be eaten immediately
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Stage 1
2 min.
Fillet of beef in a rosemary crust : Photo of step #1

Prepare the crust dough

Roughly chop 30 g rosemary.
Stage 2
4 min.
Fillet of beef in a rosemary crust : Photo of step #2 Prepare the rosemary dough by mixing 250 g flour, 125 g water and 1 teaspoon salt with a food mixer.

Knead until the dough is evenly mixed (3 or 4 minutes). Add the rosemary towards the end of kneading.
Stage 3
2 min.
Fillet of beef in a rosemary crust : Photo of step #3 Gather the dough into a ball, wrap with plastic film and put to wait in the fridge.

Note: this dough can be made the day before and can be kept in the fridge overnight.
Stage 4
5 min.
Fillet of beef in a rosemary crust : Photo of step #4

Brown the meat

Salt and pepper the fillet of beef on both sides.

Pour 2 tablespoons oil into a frying pan on high heat.

When good and hot, add the beef and brown...
Stage 5
Fillet of beef in a rosemary crust : Photo of step #5 ...all over.

Important: this searing is not meant to cook the meat, just give it a good colour all over (to chefs, this is "marquer en cuisson").

Remove the meat from the frying pan and leave to rest while you roll out the dough.
Stage 6
4 min.
Fillet of beef in a rosemary crust : Photo of step #6

Make the crust

Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).

Roll out the dough fairly thinly (1/8 of an inch / 3 or 4 mm).
Stage 7
1 min.
Fillet of beef in a rosemary crust : Photo of step #7 Place the beef fillet in the centre of the dough...
Stage 8
1 min.
Fillet of beef in a rosemary crust : Photo of step #8 ...And fold in the sides to seal.
Stage 9
1 min.
Fillet of beef in a rosemary crust : Photo of step #9 Turn over and sit in an oven-proof dish.
Stage 10
Fillet of beef in a rosemary crust : Photo of step #10 To improve the appearence, especially if you are serving the beef to your guests "en croûte", brush the crust with a little olive oil to help it colour during cooking. This looks more appetizing. You can also glaze the crust with egg.
Stage 11
30 min.
Fillet of beef in a rosemary crust : Photo of step #11

Cook the meat

Cook in the oven for about 30 minutes (just done) or 20 minutes (rare).

For perfect cooking, it is best to use an electronic thermometer, stuck through the crust into the meat: at 140°F (60°C) it will be "medium", at 122°F (50°C) it will be "rare".

Break open the crust and discard it, then carve a thick slice for each guest.
Stage 12
Fillet of beef in a rosemary crust : Photo of step #12 For a classic style, serve with real home-made chips and béarnaise sauce.

Remarks

For a more pronounced flavour, you can add a teaspoonful of Herbes de Provence to the dough.

The meat should ideally be fillet or another tender cut (faux-filet, rump steak, etc.).

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
2363108 gr185 gr133 gr
118 %41 %17 %20 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
25111 gr20 gr14 gr
13 %4 %2 %2 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
59026 gr46 gr33 gr
30 %10 %4 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 people : 7.53 €
Per person : 1.88 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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