If you want a hearty, comforting dish that will impress your guests, then this recipe for the ultimate scotch fillet roast is ideal.
A scotch fillet is a premium cut of beef, and when it is cooked well it is a gourmet meal.
If you follow this recipe then you will be surprised at how easy it is to create a perfectly succulent and delicious scotch fillet roast.
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What Do You Need?
To make this recipe you will need a large frying pan and two roasting tins. You will also need some kitchen foil and a mixing bowl.
Choosing Your Meat
The scotch fillet is the star of the show in this recipe, so you need to make sure that you choose the right cut of meat.
Try to get your meat from a butcher rather than pre-packaged in the refrigerator aisle of a store.
Inspect the joint of meat carefully. The meat should be nice and pink in color and well marbled with fat, in fine strands like a cobweb.
Look for a joint that has been aged for 21 days or more to ensure it is tender.
Tips And Tricks
If you want to make sure that your scotch fillet roast comes out perfectly, follow these tips and tricks.
- Temperature – You should never cook beef when it is cold. Make sure you take the fillet out of the refrigerator ahead of time so that it can come up to room temperature. If you expose cold beef to heat then it will be tough in texture.
- Searing – Searing the fillet in a frying pan gives it a nicely browned edge which does not happen from slow roasting. This means that the edge of the meat will be crisp and slightly charred whilst the rest of the meat will be perfectly soft and tender.
- Pink – Scotch fillet is supposed to be served medium rare. This means that it is brown on the outside and pink in the middle. If your guests prefer their beef well done then you will need to cook it for longer than the recipe suggests.
- Rest– It is a good idea to let the meat rest before serving it. This allows the meat to relax so that it is perfectly tender. It also allows the juices released during cooking to be reabsorbed back into the meat, making it succulent.
- Frying pan – If you use the same frying pan for the mushroom sauce that you used to brown off the beef, your sauce will have even more flavour. You could also add some of the meat juices released during roasting into the mushroom sauce to give it a richer flavour.
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How Can You Customise This Recipe?
There are several adjustments you can make to this recipe if you want to adapt it.
- Seasoning – Horseradish and mustard are used to flavour the meat, along with brown sugar to help it caramelise. You could switch this out for a butter and minced garlic rub, or olive oil with salt, pepper and herbs.
- Sauce – The mushroom sauce goes really well with this beef dish. You can make it more exciting by using different types of mushrooms to enhance the flavour of the sauce. Alternatively, you could use an alternative sauce to accompany the beef. A blue cheese sauce or a peppercorn and brandy sauce would work well, or even a beef and red wine sauce.
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- Vegetables – you could serve this roasted scotch filet with vegetables to make it an even more delicious dish. Steamed greens would be a wonderful choice, or roasted root vegetables such as carrots and parsnips.
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