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Chateaubriand Steak

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • 1/2 hour to make the sauce
  • A challenge
  • Serves 2
Recipe for beef fillet invented by Montmirail, chef to Vicomte Chateaubriand. It's absolutely sublime!



  • 1 oz shallots
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1 oz chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 pint white wine
  • 1/2 pint veal stock
  • 4 oz maitre d hotel butter
  • Chateaubriand Steak
  • This steak comes from the centre of the fillet. It is difficult to state it's exact weight , because it depends so much on the thickness of the fillet, but one weighing about 12 oz to 1 lb is about right.
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • salt
  • melted butter
  • olive oil


  • STEP 1
    Wipe the steak with kitchen towel and bash it a couple of times on each side with a meat bat. Season generously with freshly ground black pepper and put to one side to come to room temperature.
  • STEP 2
    Put the shallots, thyme, bay leaf, mushrooms and wine into a pan and reduce almost entirely. Add the stock and reduce again until there is about 1/4 pt left. Strain and whisk in the maitre d hotel butter until the sauce thickens. Put the sauce in a bowl over warm water until ready to serve.
  • STEP 3
    Season the steak with salt and brush it generously with melted butter and olive oil. Brush the grill grid with oil before placing the steak on it and grill 9 mins each side for rare, 11 mins medium and 12 mins well done.
  • STEP 4
    Cut the cooked steak on a carving board and carve it at a slight angle with a very sharp knife into about 6 slices (depending on the size of the steak). Serve with the Chateaubriand sauce handed round separately.
  • STEP 5
    Goes well with watercress and roast potatoes sprinkled with fresh herbs
  • STEP 6
    Cheats sauce. You can speed the whole thing up by using a can of good quality consomme, a chicken stock cube, 4oz butter, 1 tbs finely chopped parsley, 1 tbs lemon juice, salt, black pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Reduce and serve with the steak as above.

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