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Fillet of Grass-fed Beef and pressed cheek caramelised cep and horseradish purée, heritage carrot, salt baked beets, kataifi langoustine

By Callum Dow, This is the main course served at the 2019 MCGB Annual Lunch held at Trump Turnberry


  1. Preheat the oven to 110°C/gas mark 1/4. Caramelise the oxtail in a hot pan until nicely browned all over. Place the Douglas fir in a deep roasting tray and lay a muslin cloth over the top. Place the oxtail on the cloth and arrange the carrots, onion, celery and garlic around the sides. Add the red wine, cover with water and cover the tray in foil. Place in the oven for 10 hours. Once cooked, pass the liquid through a sieve and pick the meat from the bones. Skim off all the fat from the liquid and reduce to a sauce consistency. Add a small amount of sauce back to the meat to moisten it and season with salt. Lay a sheet of sturdy cling film on a work surface and lay the oxtail meat down the centre in a sausage shape. Wrap tightly in the cling film to form a ballotine and tie the ends to seal. Place in the fridge to set. Once chilled remove from the fridge and cut into portions, panne in panko breadcrumbs and deep fry until golden brown.
  2. Place a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the butter. Cook until the butter is just starting to turn a light brown colour, then add the hazelnuts and breadcrumbs. Cook, stirring constantly until the breadcrumbs are an even golden brown. Remove from the heat and add the lemon zest and Parmesan. For the carrots 8 baby carrots, peeled 1 lemon, zest only 2 tbsp honey To cook the carrots, melt the honey in a pan with the lemon zest and add the carrots. Partially cook until nicely glazed, then transfer to the oven for 8 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and roll in the hazelnut breadcrumbs.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. In a pan, heat the flour and salt together. Add water and stir until a dough is formed. Cover the beetroots in the dough and bake in the oven for 1 - 1 1/2 hours depending on the size. Once cooked remove from the crust and cut into discs.
  4. To make the cep purée, peel the defrosted mushrooms. Place the trimmings in a saucepan, cover with a layer of ice cubes and place on a medium heat. Bring to the boil and strain over a bowl containing the dried ceps. Return the dried ceps and stock to the pan, bring to a simmer and reduce the liquid by half. Strain again and set aside. To finish the purée, heat a dash of olive oil in a saucepan, add the shallots and thyme and cook until soft with no colour. Roughly chop the cleaned frozen mushrooms and add to the pan. Cook until all the moisture has come out of the mushrooms, add the wine and reduce until there is roughly 50ml left in the pan. Remove the thyme and add the contents of the pan to a blender with the butter and half of the mushroom stock. Blitz until smooth, adjusting the texture with more stock if needed. Season to taste, transfer to a saucepan and set aside.
  5. To make the red wine jus, pour the wine into a pan and reduce until it is 185ml. Place a pan onto the stove and allow to get hot, then add the butter and shallots and cook until they start to caramelise. When they turn a light golden brown, add the 125g of button mushrooms and continue to cook until they go crispy. Drain in a colander. In a clean pan, add the chicken stocks, cream and reduced red wine. Place onto the stove and bring to the boil and add the mushroom mixture. Cook for twenty minutes, then pass through a fine sieve and place into a clean pan. Bring to the boil, add the remaining 35g of mushrooms and reduce a little further until the right consistency. Remove from the heat, add the tarragon, black pepper and sugar. Taste and adjust if necessary.