Whilst working at the Duxton Hotel in Singapore a few years back, I was inspired by a French chef who used to make dish he called Coffee Beef. The dish does sound unusual, however my version using wattleseed is rather subtle compared to the over powering strong coffee aromas that his dish produced. I first did this dish whilst guest chef onboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner cruise ship in November 2006 and was the most popular main course for the evening.
- 4Ã250g (9 oz. each) beef tenderloin
- 20g (2 tablespoons) ground wattleseed
- 75ml (2Â½ oz.) macadamia nut oil
- 200g (7 oz.) English spinach
- 20g (2 tablespoons) butter
- 150g (5 oz.) sweet potato, cut julienne
- 50g (3 tablespoons) cornflour
- 100ml (Â½ cup) alpine pepper jus
- 30g (2 tablespoons) riberry confit
- 200g (7 oz.) paperbark smoked mashed potato
- One day prior, combine in a blender the macadamia nut oil and ground wattleseed. Blend thoroughly for 3-4 minutes. Then in a bowl place the beef tenderloin and cover with the wattleseed oil mixture and marinate for at least 24 â 36 hours.
- Remove the beef from the oil and allow to drain. Then seal the steak on a hot barbeque, grill or frying pan. Finish in a moderate oven till the require doneness.
- In a sauce pan, add a little butter and sautÃ© with English spinach, remove and set aside. Dust the sweet potato with cornflour and mix well. Deep fry till golden brown and dry on kitchen paper.
- To serve, place the paperbark smoked mash on the plate, then sautÃ©ed English spinach. On top of the spinach place the beef tenderloin, garnish with 3-5 riberries, then top with crispy sweet potato. Drizzle alpine pepper jus around the edge of the dish to finish.
|Amount Per Serving||%DV|
|Serving Size 73g|
|Recipe makes 4 servings|
|Calories from Fat 54||53%|
|Total Fat 6.11g||8%|
|Saturated Fat 3.7g||15%|
|Trans Fat 0.0g|
|Total Carbs 10.51g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 2.1g||7%|