Jacob's ladder of beef, otherwise known as shortrib, is a magnificent cut - much meatier than pork ribs - that deserves the star treatment. This lavish recipe from Adam Stokes certainly gives it that, pairing the meat with a carrot and mustard purée and horseradish powder.
Adam Stokes has achieved a lot in his relatively short career – including a Michelin star in two out of his three cheffing jobs. From refined country cuisine in the lowlands of Scotland to more modern, inventive dishes at his own restaurant in the heart of Birmingham, the themes that remain strong are intense flavours, beautiful British ingredients, stunning presentation and intricate technique.
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Place the Jacob’s ladder in a pan and cover with water, bring to the boil and simmer very gently for approximately 6 hours, replenishing with water if the level falls below the top of the meat. Once cooked, slice into individual ribs and remove the bone whilst still warm. Set aside and keep warm for later use
1 Jacob's ladder
Peel and cut the horseradish into small chunks. Place in a food processor with the vegetable oil and blend into a paste. Place into a sieve and allow the liquid to drip through. Mix the drained oil with tapioca starch (or maltodextrin) in a blender until it resembles a powder
1 horseradish, appx 200g
100ml of vegetable oil
30g of tapioca starch
Combine the red wine and beef stock in a pan and reduce by about two thirds until it has a thin gravy-like consistency
200ml of red wine
100ml of beef stock
Place the carrots in a saucepan and cover with chicken stock and whipping cream. Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for around 6-8 minutes until soft
500g of carrots, peeled and chopped
75ml of chicken stock
25ml of whipping cream
Drain the excess liquor and place the warm carrots into a food processor. Purée until smooth, adding a little of the reserved liquor as required. Stir in the mustards to taste
50g of Chablis mustard
1/2 tsp wholegrain mustard
Finely shred the cabbage and boil in lightly salted water for approximately 2 minutes until tender. Drain thoroughly and keep warm
1/2 savoy cabbage
Warm the beef through in a moderate oven for 5-10 minutes until hot and place in the centre of the plate
Arrange the other components as shown and finish by drizzling red wine sauce over the beef. Sprinkle over the chopped tarragon and serve immediately
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