Beef with asparagus, hogweed, radish and Parmesan

Marcus Wareing's beef fillet with asparagus recipe features a stunning and unusual combination of native seasonal ingredients including common hogweed, which should be picked young. Don't confuse with giant hogweed, which can cause serious skin reactions.

First published in 2015
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Beef fillet

Red wine sauce


Cheese sauce

To serve


Preheat the oven to 110°C-120°C/Gas mark 1/2. Season the beef with plenty of salt and pepper and heat some oil in a heavy-based roasting pan. When the oiI is very hot, add the fillet and sear on all sides, browning nicely
Place in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, depending on how well cooked you like your beef. Once cooked, remove from the roasting pan and allow to rest
While the meat is resting (it needs at least 15 minutes), remove any excess fat from the pan you roasted the beef in and place over a medium heat. Loosen the meat juices by adding the red wine and scraping the pan to deglaze it. Add the sliced shallot, garlic and thyme, then reduce the sauce until almost sticky
Add the stock and reduce again until thick and intense in flavour. Pass through a fine sieve
  • 1000ml of beef stock
Pour the water into a large pan and add the butter. Bring to a simmer, whisking to create an emulsion. Add seasoning, then blanch the asparagus and hogweed seperately for 3-4 mintues each in the emulsion
To make the cheese sauce, warm the milk
  • 150ml of untreated Jersey milk
Blitz together the grated cheddar and Parmesan in a blender. Add the salt and pepper, and slowly add the warmed milk
Pass through a fine sieve and rewarm the sauce (do not reboil)
Serve the beef and vegetables with both sauces, shavings of the Parmesan and slices of truffle
First published in 2015
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Marcus Wareing defines his inimitable cooking style as 'not British cuisine, not French cuisine – it’s Marcus cuisine.'

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