This is a meal for a special occasion. I’m not too fussed about Valentine’s day, but if we’re both home, which we were this year, I’ll make the effort to make a nice dinner, and here’s what I made this year.
This is another recipe I got from Gordon Ramsey’s F Word when we used to watch it a few years ago. First you prepare the mushroom gratin by cooking a mix of mushrooms (shiitake, chestnut and whatever you can find) in a pan with some butter, garlic and finely chopped shallot. Once cooked, transfer to a bowl and when cooled add chopped dill, 3 tbs cream and 1 egg yolk to bind.
In the pan sear the beef fillet on each side for a minute, then put into an ovenproof dish (your frying pan itself might be ovenproof), load the mushroom mix on top and put into an oven on a high heat (around 200 degrees). We like our meat quite rare so I only put it in for 7-10 minutes, bug it depends on the thickness of the steak and how you like it. The best thing to do if unsure is bring it out and cut a little down the middle to check how it’s cooking.
I served this with creamy dauphinois potatoes.