This sumptuous grilled onglet recipe from Andy McLeish demonstrates how taking care over the preparation and paring of ingredients pays off in bounds. A simple garnish of tender silverskin onions, girolles, trompettes and pancetta make the perfect accompaniment to the intensely-flavoured, tender beef onglet, served on a bed of creamy mash and drizzled with a voluptuous red wine sauce.
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Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
To begin, make the potato purée. Wash the potatoes, sprinkle with salt and bake in a preheated oven until soft in the middle, for about 2 hours. Remove from the oven and whilst still hot, cut them in half and scoop out the soft flesh
3 Désirée potatoes, large
Pass the flesh through a sieve quickly with a spatula. In a heavy-based pan, bring the cream and butter to the boil. Add the sieved potato and beat over the heat with a wooden spoon
100g of butter
200ml of double cream
Season the purée with salt and pepper, then add the olive oil and beat again until all of the oil is incorporated. Cover and leave in a warm place until needed
50ml of olive oil
To make the red wine sauce, place a pan over a medium heat. Once hot, add the beef trimmings and brown well to colour and release the fat
400g of beef trimmings, diced
Add the shallots, garlic and thyme and cook until everything is nicely caramelised
3 sprigs of thyme
2 shallots, roughly sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
Add a knob of butter, allow to coat and caramelised a little more, then add the red wine to deglaze and allow to bubble away for a few minutes
200ml of red wine
1 knob of butter
Add the veal stock, allow to come to a simmer then reduce the heat and allow the sauce to bubble gently for 20 minutes
550ml of veal stock
To prepare the onions, add a dash of oil to a hot frying pan and add the peeled onions. Cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the onions are nicely coloured
200g of silverskin onions, small, peeled
Add a large knob of butter, followed by the garlic and thyme. Add the chicken stock and cook down until reduced, shaking the pan to coat the onions in the stock. By the time the stock has cooked down, the onions should be cooked through
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 knob of butter
5 sprigs of thyme
chicken stock, approximately 250ml
Pass the sauce through a piece of muslin into a clean saucepan and season to taste
Add the pancetta to a hot pan with a tiny drop of oil and colour nicely, tossing until golden brown all over
100g of pancetta lardons
Add the girolles, cook until golden, then add the trompettes and cook down. Sprinkle with the parsley, salt and pepper, then add the silverskin onions to complete the garnish
100g of trompette mushrooms
100g of girolles
1 tsp parsley, chopped
Season the onglet and place on a hot grill, occasionally brushing with clarified butter. Grill both sides until medium rare – this should take about 3–4 minutes – then remove from the grill and rest for 2 minutes in a warm place
500g of onglet, trimmed (save the trimmings for the sauce)
To serve, place a spoonful of potato purée on a plate, slice the onglet and place over the top of the purée. Place a generous spoonful of the mushroom and mushroom mixture over the top and finish with a little red wine sauce
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