Spiced roast beef with red wine gravy

Spiced roast beef with red wine gravy

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Prep: 35 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus chilling and resting

Easy

Serves 6 with leftovers
Marinade your fillet with peppercorn, fennel and mustard seeds then roast until rare - the gravy is gluten-free too!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Nut-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Egg-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal544
  • fat26g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre1g
  • protein54g
  • salt1.4g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp mixed peppercorn
  • 2 tbsp mustard seed, yellow or black, or 1 tbsp of each
  • 2 tsp fennel seed
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 1½ kg fillet of beef
    Beef

    Beef

    bee-f

    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tbsp wholegrain or English mustard (check the brand is gluten-free)
  • 3 red onion, skins left on, thickly sliced into rounds
  • a few thyme leaves, to serve (optional)

For the gravy

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1½-2 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 gluten- and wheat-free beef stock cubes (check the label)
  • 3-4 tbsp redcurrant jelly
  • 400ml red wine

Method

  1. Up to 2 days before, crush together the peppercorns and seeds using a pestle and mortar, or in a saucepan with the end of a rolling pin or similar. Brush the beef fillet all over with the mustard, then roll in the peppercorn mix to coat. Cover and chill.

  2. Two hours before you are ready to start cooking, take the beef out of the fridge to come to room temperature.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the oil in a pan big enough to hold the beef, and brown the beef all over, seasoning with salt. In a roasting tin, use the onions as a bed to sit the beef on – pat on any spices that have fallen off. Roast for 20 mins for rare, 25 mins for medium, and 35 mins for well-done beef.

  4. Lift the beef from the tin and rest on a platter, covered with foil to keep it hot, for about 30 mins. Set the tin with the onions and roasting juices over the hob and stir in the oil, cornflour and crumbled stock cubes. Mix in the jelly, then gradually stir in the wine and 400ml boiling water, scraping up any stuck bits from the bottom. Simmer for 15 mins until reduced a little. Season, then sieve into a clean pan to keep warm, discarding the onions. Slice the beef, scatter over the thyme, if you like, and serve with the gravy.

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Comments (1)

Isabelr1's picture

I cooked a 1kg piece of beef fillet for 40mins after searing - it was delicious medium rare. More than enough for 6 adults if you have a 3 course dinner party! Wonderful spicy crust!

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