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1 hour, 55 minutes

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Thu 31 Oct 2013 17:05

Peat Roasted Beef Fillet

Cooking with peat gives a wonderful earthy and slightly smoky taste that really suits beef. You also get pink, juicy roasted meat that allows you to brag about bringing true terror to the kitchen.


Serves 8


Prep time:  10 mins


Cooking time:  60-90 mins




1kg beef fillet (preferably organic or free-range)

80g BrookLodge organic steak rub (or make your own with salt & pepper & half the amount of your favourite dried herbs such as thyme, rosemary, oregano, a dash of chilli powder & a some crushed fresh garlic)

50ml rapeseed oil (preferably organic)

2kg 100% organic peat



1.Preheat the oven to 220C / gas mark 7.  


2.Cut the beef fillet in half (or quarters if you have a small oven), coat with some rapeseed oil, before massaging in the steak rub & put to one side.


3.Heat a large frying pan with the remaining rapeseed oil & seal the beef on all sides to a nice brown colour.


4.In a large roasting tray, place enough of the peat to line the bottom of the dish (about a 2cm layer).


5.On top, place both pieces of beef lengthways & cover with the rest of the peat, patting & pressing to form the shape of the meat.


6.Put in the oven & immediately reduce the heat to 200C / gas mark 6 & roast for at least an hour (although 90 mins would be fine).  


7.When cooked, remove from the oven & rest for 15 mins, before taking the beef out of the peat.  Rub with paper towel to take off most of the excess peat.


8.Carve & serve.


Nigel's Top Tips

  • You can leave it to cook on a low heat for up to 2hrs if you're going out, as the peat will ensure the meat remains succulent.

  • Works well on a barbecue with a lid

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