My treat – Braaied Fillet with mushroom sauce

After buying and wrapping the gifts and entertaining some awkward family members I’m really in the mood for a holiday…but I’m on holiday.

So , in order to reward myself with a treat, I’m going to make one of the best braai dishes for me and some friends. Fillet Steak with mushroom!
1 beef fillet, about 2kg
1/2 cup red wine
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup onion, minced
1 Tbls.mixed herbes

For the mushroom sauce

2 Tbls. butter (or margarine)
2 Tbls. onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
250g fresh mushrooms,cleaned and sliced
1 tsp. meat glaze (bovril),or 1 tsp. broth seasoning mix
1 reserved marinade for fillet
1 red wine (or beef broth) if needed


Buy a prime grade fillet, if possible, and trim it well. Fold and tie the tail to the meat to form a roast of uniform thickness (or have the butcher do it for you).

Place the meat in a plastic bag. Mix the wine, oil, onion, and herbs, blending well.Pour over the meat, close the bag tightly, and turn it to coat the meat with the marinade.

Place the bag in a dish and marinate the meat for 2 hours at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator.

Drain the meat, reserving the marinade.

Grill the meat 10cm above hot coals, turning to brown on all sides.

This takes about 10 minutes of undivided attention so you can put out any flash fires.

Move the meat to the edge of the grill or cover the grill and cook for 15 to 20 minutes longer for rare, 20 to 25 minutes for medium rare.

Slice and serve with the mushroom sauce.

For the mushroom sauce:

In a medium skillet, melt the butter and add the onion and garlic, cooking until the onion is tender but not browned.

Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring gently now and then, until well saturated with the butter and most of the juices cooked from the mushrooms have evaporated.

Stir in the meat glaze. Add the reserved marinade and, if needed, a few tablespoons of wine or broth to make a light sauce.

Serve with the grilled fillet.



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