Yield: 6 Servings
- 1 (2½-pound) beef fillet, American prime
- 2 Tablespoons transglutaminase
- 4 (½-inch slices) lardo (substitute: thick sliced
- Freshly ground pepper
Glazed Shallots and Roast Asparagus:
- 12 spears jumbo green asparagus
- 1 cup virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 12 shallots, ends cut off
Green Asparagus Foam:
- 3 quarts water
- ½ cup salt, plus more to taste
- 1 pint asparagus
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 pint cream, hot
- 1 pint chicken stock
- Salt to taste
- 2 beef tails
- Olive oil
- 1 carrot, large diced
- 1 celery stalk, large diced
- 1 onion, large diced
- 1 sprig thyme
- 1 head garlic, cut in half, plus 1 Tablespoon chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 10 black peppercorns
- 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 quart veal stock
- 1 cup butter
- ½ cup chopped thyme
- 1 Tablespoon chopped shallot
- 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic
- Glazed Shallots and Roast Asparagus (Recipe above)
- Fresh chervil
For Larded Tenderloin:
Lay the fillet flat. Slice it two times length-wise, ¾
of the way through the tenderloin. Make sure the slices are
equally spaced from one another and the top and bottom of
the fillet. Open up the fillet and sprinkle it with transglutaminase,
completely covering the interior. Place a slice of lardo inside
each incision and roll the fillet to its original shape. Tie
the beef with butcher’s twine several times to secure.
Then roll it in plastic wrap, tie the ends with butcher’s
twine and let it rest at least 24 hours.
On the day of preparation, season the beef with kosher salt
and freshly ground black pepper. Roast the beef over an open
grill at a high temperature until medium rare, turning the
fillet every several minutes.
For Glazed Shallots and Roast Asparagus:
Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Cut 1 inch of the root off
the asparagus and discard. Toss the rest with olive oil and
season with salt and pepper. Lay the asparagus out in an oven-safe
pan and roast them for 5 minutes. Remove the asparagus, let
cool and then cut them into three sections on a sharp bias.
Toss the shallots to coat heavily with oil, salt, and pepper.
Roast for 15 minutes; let cool. Squeeze the outer skin off
of the shallots. Toss with the asparagus and reserve.
Green Asparagus Foam:
Bring 3 quarts of water and ½ cup salt to a boil in
a 1-gallon pot. Drop in the asparagus and spinach and blanch
until the asparagus is tender. Quickly remove from the water,
place in a large bowl and cover with ice. Pour just a little
of the salted water over the top to cool and season the asparagus.
Remove the spinach and asparagus from the water and squeeze
off any extra moisture. Bring the cream and chicken stock
to a boil. Place the asparagus and spinach in a blender with
the cream and stock. Blend until the asparagus and spinach
are liquefied. Strain through a fine strainer and season with
For Oxtail Ragout:
Preheat oven to 250ºF. Sear all sides of the tails heavily
in a large roasting pan coated with oil until dark brown and
crispy. Remove and place in oven-safe pan. Place the chopped
vegetables, thyme, garlic head, bay leaf and peppercorns into
the hot pan and stir with a wooden spoon until the bottom
of the pan comes clean and the vegetables caramelize deeply.
Add the tomato paste and brown until most of the moisture
is removed and the paste threatens to burn onto the bottom
of the pan. Quickly add the red wine and bring to a boil.
Add the veal stock and bring to a boil again. Pour over the
tails and cover with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil.
Cook in the oven for 6 hours or until the meat falls off the
bone and the fat is barely holding on to the meat. Place the
tails in another pan and strain the stock from the first pan
to remove the vegetables and add it to the meat to let it
cool in its own stock. Let the meat come to room temperature
and then pick everything from the bones. Strain the stock
again and reserve. In a medium sauce pot large enough to comfortably
hold all of the stock from above turn to low heat and add
in one tablespoon butter, thyme, shallots and chopped garlic.
Cook on low heat until the garlic threatens to burn; then
add in the stock. Reduce by half and then add in the tail
meat and the rest of the butter.
To Assemble and Serve:
As the fillet is cooking, heat the sauce. Add the asparagus
and shallots to the ragout, then divide it among six bowls.
When the fillet is ready, let it rest for 5 minutes. Slice
it into six (7-ounce) fillets. Rest the fillets on top of
the ragout. With a hand blender, froth up the asparagus foam.
Use as garnish on plate with fresh chervil.
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