Roast fillet of beef with shallot & mushroom sauce

Try this simple, flavour-packed sauce with top quality beef – it’s best carved into thick slices

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:1 hrs
  • Serves 6
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Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 474
  • fat 23g
  • saturates 8g
  • carbs 9g
  • sugars 8g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 48g
  • salt 1.17g


  • 1¼kg piece centre-cut beef fillets, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 shallots, peeled and finely sliced
  • 20 button mushrooms, finely sliced
  • 75ml sherry vinegar
  • 1 bottle fruity red wine, such as Rioja
  • 1l good-quality beef stock
  • 25g cold butter


  1. To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the shallots and mushrooms, then fry for about 10 mins until golden and caramelised. Pour in the vinegar, then simmer until almost evaporated. Add the red wine, then simmer until almost evaporated. Add the beef stock, bring to the boil, then reduce by two-thirds. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve, then keep warm until ready to serve. Can be made the day before and reheated.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper. Heat the sunflower oil in a large ovenproof frying pan on a high heat. Add the beef, then sear for 10 mins, turning, until browned all over. Transfer to the oven, then roast for approximately 20 mins, turning after 10 mins. This will give you beef that is medium rare; for medium, roast for an extra 5 mins. Allow the beef to rest on a rack, loosely covered in foil, for 10 mins, then slice into 6 thick slices. Add all juices from the beef to the sauce, then gently heat the sauce up and whisk in the butter.

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