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Warm, rich and with a nice, even distribution of fat, Wagyu beef is a prized variety - and its price reflects that. If you do lay your hands on some, why not try out this exquisite Wagyu beef recipe from Gary Jones, Head Chef at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Method
1.
Start with the heart. Trim any fat off and use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut off any large pieces of the connective tissue around the top of the meat
2.
Truss the heart with twine so it is evenly shaped. Place a heavy-based pan over a medium/high heat. Brown in the vegetable oil on all sides until golden brown
3.
Add the onion, carrot, rosemary and beef stock. You may need a little extra water to ensure the beef is completely submerged. Bring to a boil, reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for 4 hours until tender
4.
Lightly flour the oxtail pieces. Place a pan over a high heat and add olive oil. Once the pan is scorching hot, add the floured oxtail. Cook until evenly browned all over. Remove from the pan and place on absorbent kitchen towel
5.
Reduce the heat slightly to medium and add a dash of fresh olive oil. Add the vegetables, garlic and the thyme to the pan. Cook gently until soft and then stir through the tomato purée and the remaining flour
6.
Cook for 5 minutes, then add the wine and allow to reduce by half. Add the beef stock and the oxtail pieces. Bring to a gentle simmer, cover and cook until very tender. This should take 3-4 hours
7.
Once braised, remove the meat from the liquid and allow to cool. Pass the liquid through a fine sieve and then return to a pan over a high heat. Reduce until you have a gravy-like consistency. Combine 240ml of the gravy with 240g of braised oxtail, horseradish, butter and seasoning to form a moist filling for the ravioli. Allow to cool
8.
For the pasta, combine the flour, salt and egg yolks in a bowl until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Knead to form a dough, wrap in cling film and leave to rest for 30 minutes in the refrigerator
9.
Roll the pasta dough through a pasta machine, starting from the widest setting, and gradually going down the settings until the arrow is between 0 and 1. Repeat the rolling process on the last setting to ensure there is a consistent finish to the thickness of the dough. The pasta should be dry, but with no cracks and slightly elastic
Working with fresh pasta
Always allow pasta dough to come up to room temperature before rolling. This will allow the gluten to relax and make the dough easier to work with and more flexible. When fresh dough is not being used, always cover completely with a tea towel to ensure it does not dry out
10.
To make the ravioli, cut your sheets of rolled pasta into 50cm lengths. Place a sheet of pasta on a lightly floured work surface and brush lightly with the egg wash. Place small teaspoons of the oxtail mixture in 2 rows with 10cm gaps between each one. There should be 8 balls of oxtail in total on the sheet of pasta
Making egg wash
Egg wash can be made simply by mixing a beaten raw egg with some water or milk
11.
Take another sheet of pasta and gently cover the oxtail balls. Stretch the dough over to meet the edges of the bottom pasta sheet and press gently around each ball to form a dome
12.
Using a 7cm pastry cutter, cut out the raviolis around the oxtail filling. Pick each ravioli up individually and using your thumb and forefinger, squeeze out any air and seal the edges. Store on a tray lined with a clean tea towel. Repeat the process until all of the mix is enclosed
13.
For the red wine jus, lightly colour the sliced shallots in 50g butter. Add the 390g of sliced mushrooms and continue to colour until golden, do not over-caramelise. Combine both stocks, the caramelised mushrooms, shallots and the red wine
14.
Bring to the boil, skim, and cook for 20 minutes. Skim constantly to remove any scum that rises to the surface. Pass through a fine strainer and reduce quickly to make a jus. To retain freshness and flavour during reduction process, add the 90g of fresh mushrooms, vinegar and cream. Adjust the seasoning, add the tarragon and chives, pass again through the fine strainer and set aside
15.
For the chargrilled shallots, place them in a sous-vide bag with oil, salt, pepper, garlic and thyme and cook for approximately 25 minutes at 100˚C steam setting. Allow to cool, remove from the bag and drain on absorbent kitchen towel. Coat with a little oil and chargrill on one side before serving
16.
For the pickled Thai shallots, blanch the shallots in boiling water in one pan until two thirds cooked, approximately 3-4 minutes. Combine the remaining ingredients in a second pan and bring to the boil. Add the shallots from the first pan into the second and simmer for 2 minutes until tender, but still with a little bite
17.
Remove from the heat and cool in a blast chiller. Trim the bases to enable them to stand upright on the plate and reduce a little of the cooking liqour to glaze
18.
For the crispy garlic, cut the garlic on a mandolin into 1mm thick slices. Warm the olive oil and add the garlic, cook until golden brown. Remove from the oil immediately and drain on absorbent kitchen towel
19.
To cook the pearl barley, sweat the onions in the butter until tender in a heavy-based saucepan. Add the celery and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the barley and sugar and cook for a further 2 minutes
20.
Next, add the stock and bouquet garni, cover with greaseproof paper and cook for approximately 22 minutes at 180˚C/gas mark 4 in the oven. Season to taste and infuse with rosemary
fresh bouquet garni
To make a fresh bouquet garni, bundle together some thyme, parsley stalks and bay leaves, wrap them in a strip of leek and tie together with string
21.
For the wagyu fillet, generously season the steak with salt. Heat a cast iron pan until extremely hot and then remove from the heat. Preheat the oven to 200˚C/gas mark 6. Add a little vegetable oil to the pan and then lay down the steaks
22.
To cook further, place in the oven for the desired cooking time - 1 minute for medium rare (increase this number by 2 minute increments for medium, medium-well and well-done finishes). Remove the steaks from the oven and set aside to rest for 4 minutes
23.
Warm the heart in chicken stock, add the barley and warm gently. Add the cream and horseradish and finish with some chopped chives
24.
Before serving, cook the ravioli in boiling water for 2 minutes
25.
Arrange the pearl barely in the middle of each plate, followed by both shallots, ravioli and finally the beef. Spoon over the warm red wine jus and finish with some toasted garlic
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Ingredients

Wagyu beef fillet

Braised beef heart

Braised oxtail

Ravioli filling

Pasta dough

Red wine jus

Chargrilled shallots

Pickled Thai shallots

Toasted garlic

Pearl barley

Pearl barley to finish

Equipment

  1. Water bath
  2. Vac pac maker
  3. Blast chiller
  4. Twine

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Gary Jones, head chef at the famed Le Manoir, shares a divine Wagyu beef recipe with Great British Chefs, serving the prized cut with oxtail and barley