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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15 min.35 min.50 min.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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...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.
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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.
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Place the beef fillet in the centre of the dough...

Stage 8 - 1 min.
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...And fold in the sides to seal.

Stage 9 - 1 min.
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Turn over and sit in an oven-proof dish.

Stage 10
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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.
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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
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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
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,363 Kcal or 9,893 Kj108 gr185 gr133 gr
118 %41 %17 %20 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
251 Kcal or 1,051 Kj11 gr20 gr14 gr
13 %4 %2 %2 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
591 Kcal or 2,474 Kj27 gr46 gr33 gr
30 %10 %4 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Home made.

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Beef Beef : You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Roast beef "like they do it in Santa Fe", Beef braised in reduced red wine, How to cook red meat properly, Carbonnade, Melt-in-the mouth meat and vegetables in a sealed casserole, ... All
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