Beef fillet with spicy with mushroom tapenade

Mushroom tapenade is a crowd pleaser. It’s delicious served on beef fillet, like in this recipe, but also on venison steak, exotic ostrich steak or hare. Or simply accompanying a chicken breast. It’ll lift a piece of fried or poached fish too. And best of all: served on a slice of bread with a glass of tipple!


Ingredients for 4 people

  • 250g / 9oz mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 50ml / 2fl oz olive oil
  • 25g / 1oz pinenuts
  • 4 tbsp capers
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 25g / 1oz parsley
  • fine salt
  • black pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • 4 beef fillets, 125g / 4 1/2oz each
  • 50g / 2oz / 1/2 stick butter
  • Clean the mushrooms and quarter them. Peel the garlic cloves.
  • Place a wok on a high heat until it starts to smoke. Pour in a glug of oil and add the mushrooms. Mince the garlic over the pan and stir-fry everything briefly (about 2 minutes). Pour away any juices that have come out of the mushrooms.
  • Toast the pinenuts in a dry frying pan on a high heat. Be careful, they will continue to brown once the pan has been taken off the heat.
  • Put the mushroom mixture, pinenuts, capers, anchovy fillets, parsley and remaining olive oil in a food processor and whizz to a coarse paste. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Leave to cool.
  • Take the beef out of the fridge half an hour before cooking. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Heat up a frying pan on the hob. Melt ¼ of the butter in the pan. Fry the steaks on both sides till browned. Add the rest of the butter, let it brown then fry the steaks on a medium heat until they’re done to your liking; about 1-3 minutes depending on the thickness of the steaks.
  • Place the steaks on warm plates. Stir through the tapenade then scoop a nice spoonful onto each steak. Serve with the rest of the tapenade on the side.

Delicious with grilled vegetables, like our grilled mushrooms.

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