Christmas feasting used to revolve around beef. Then someone swiped a few over-sized chickens on a trip to America and flavour-bomb native beef made way for an unlikely symbol of power and progress: the turkey. So juicy, delicious and moreish we only eat it once a year…
Time to set the record straight. In this box you’ll find everything you need for an indulgent feast that revolves around the best British beef out there. We have , however, included another culinary steal from the Americas, the potato. Matt Brown’s Ultimate Oven Chips have been twice cooked by us ready, along with their nuggets of beef dripping, for a final blast in the oven.
So … dim the lights and get the candles out. Don your glad rags, check your hair and put some tunes on low. Uncork the bottle of red – a steak-loving blend we helped make a few years ago in Piedmont – and pour into that decanter that’s been gathering dust at the back of the cupboard. Pull the bottle of Sour Cherry Negroni out of the fridge and pour over a giant cube roughly hewn from a perfectly clear block of ice you’ve lovingly made for the occasion (google, and a lot of patience, needed for this one). Sit, sip, relax. And wait for your dinner to be served…
Well, not quite. You also have to do the cooking…
For the steaks have a read through the How to Cook the Perfect Steak guide included. Nothing beats watching Matt Brown (our Executive Chef, who in a former life was Head Chef of not one but two restaurants with 3 Michelin stars) cooking it all in the links below.
For an introduction of your box, please see here.
Please note ingredients should be consumed within 2 days of delivery date and are not suitable for home freezing.
For an introduction of your box, please watch our video here.
To see how to serve our Sour Cherry Negroni, see here.
That bitter-beautiful Italian aperitif with a hint of late summer cherries. Keep in the fridge and pour over ice when ready to serve, perhaps in a glass you’ve put in the freezer for half an hour or so. Garnish with a fresh cherry or an orange slice.
Allergens: Gluten, Sulphites
To see how to serve our Hawksmoor Lager, see here.
Brewed for us by Cornwall’s Harbour Brewery. Light, fresh, hoppy, perfect for cooling you down as you toil over the barbecue. We recommend putting a couple of your favourite beer glasses in the freezer for half an hour for the authentic Hawksmoor beer experience.
To hear more about your wine, see here.
This delightful wine, made by brother and sister duo Beppe & Raffaela Bologna in the town of Rochetta Tanaro in the Piedmont region of Italy, is the perfect partner for the fillet steaks in your Hawksmoor at Home box. Made predominantly from Barbera, with a little bit of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for structure, this is a silky, medium bodied wine that compliments the dry aged fillet’s slightly more delicate beefy flavour.
Palmer & Co Brut Reserve has been our house champagne at Hawksmoor for many years now, we think it’s the perfect way to start (and end?) a proper festive meal. This is no wishy-washy house champagne rush job, our friends at Palmer age every bottle for at least 4 years before release (the legal minimum is 15 months) to develop intense biscuity character and full-on complexity.
To see how to plate your salmon, see here.
To see how to cook the main course of your box, watch our video here.
Sustainably farmed Scottish salmon cured and smoked to our recipe by the lovely people at Brown & Forrest smokery (check out their website for more delicious smoked goods). Simply unpack and serve with thinly sliced Rye by the Water soda bread and our herbed cream cheese.
2 x British Fillet Steaks
Maldon sea salt pinch tin
- TAKE THE MEAT OUT OF THE FRIDGE AT LEAST AN HOUR BEFORE YOU COOK IT, to bring it up to room temperature.
- FIRE UP THE BARBECUE Or, if it’s raining, dig out a heavy cast-iron griddle pan. If you’re using a barbecue we recommend lumpwood charcoal from sustainable sources, and make sure you use eco-friendly non-impregnated firelighters, to avoid any fuel tainting the flavour of the meat. there are three ingredients in a steak: beef, charcoal and salt. Getting all three right is crucial – there’s no point buying a beautiful piece of beef and using lighter-fuel-impregnated briquettes from the local petrol station.
- GET THE BARBECUE OR THE PAN REALLY, REALLY HOT You’re looking for white-hot coals on the barbecue, which will take about an hour from lighting. the grill pan needs 5 minutes over a high heat. It should be painful to hold your hand anywhere near the heat source, which is why our grill chefs have to drink so much water
- IF YOU’RE INSIDE, OPEN THE WINDOW – there will be lots of smoke.
- IF YOUR STEAK IS WET,PAT IT DRY WITH KITCHEN PAPER, otherwise it will struggle to form a decent crust and can pick up some unpleasant boiled-meat flavours. and then, at the last minute, season the meat well with maldon sea salt. You will need to use more than you probably think sensible, but it will help build up a delicious salty crust. Pick up a handful of salt in your right hand and your steak in your left. Throw the salt at it and whatever sticks is the right amount. move the steak around so every surface is coated. If you’re cooking a large sharing steak you’ll need to pat the salt in a little to give you more (yes, more).
- DON’T USE ANY OIL ON THE MEAT OR IN THE PAN – if the grill is hot enough the meat won’t stick. as well as being unnecessary, oil tends to add a hint of flavour that doesn’t sit well with good beef. If you’re really worried, you can cut a small piece of fat off your steak (or ask your butcher for a piece) and rub it over the grill with a pair of tongs.
- STICK THE STEAK ON Leave it for a couple of moments to start building up a crust, then flip. Carry on turning every couple of minutes until it’s the way you like it, and don’t forget to sear the edges. If the heat is as fierce as our charcoal grill at Hawksmoor you may need to move it more regularly to avoid burning – our grill chefs say every 5 seconds. Don’t overcrowd the grill or the pan – make sure there’s plenty of space between the steaks.
- TO CHECK IF YOUR STEAK IS COOKED you can use touch, which our grill chefs do, or you can use a probe, which our grill chefs also do to make sure every steak is perfect. Cooking temperatures are subjective and perceptions even vary from country to country.
These are Matt’s recommended temperatures, and are a touch more cooked than they might be in France or Spain. the internal temperature should be at the bottom end of each range at the end of cooking and towards the top end once rested.
— medium rare 55°c to 60°c
— medium 60°c to 65°c
— medium well 65°c to 70°c
- WHEN YOU’RE HAPPY WITH HOW IT’S COOKED, put the steak on a warm plate and leave it to rest. In the restaurant we rest meat at 56°C (in a thermodyne – a special low-temperature oven) to ensure it doesn’t get cold, which means we can rest it for longer. at home, 5 minutes for a single steak or 10–15 minutes for a large sharing steak on a warm plate should do it. Serve on hot plates.
An amended version of our triple-cooked chips method that’s more suitable for home cooking. We’ve blanched the potatoes in boiling water and chuffed the edges for ideal crispiness. Then we let them cool and dry out before blanching in beef dripping. Then we boxed them up with some nuggets of beef dripping ready for the third and final cook at home. Simply empty onto an oven tray and roast for 20-25 minutes in an oven pre- heated to 200 (180 fan), shaking the tray a bit a couple of times during cooking.
Allergens: Sulphites, Milk
We’ve done all the hard work for you. The pouch in your box is our gravy base, you just need to add bone marrow.
1. Remove bones from fridge about one hour before using so easier to scoop out the marrow
2. With a teaspoon scoop out the marrow, try to keep it as chunky as possible
3. Empty the contents of the gravy base pouch (a.k.a. madeira jus) into a pan and bring to the boil
4. Stir in the chunks of bone marrow and gently whisk so as not to break them up too much
5. Simmer for 2-3 minutes to cook the bone marrow but not dissolve it and give the gravy a rich unctuous consistency
6. We like to finish ours with a teaspoon of English mustard to add a gentle kick
Note … don’t be tempted to scrape the bone marrow aggressively as you may disturb small pieces of unwelcome bone that could end up in your gravy. Any excess gravy should be used to cover your beef dripping potatoes without shame…
Allergens: Milk and Anchovies
We tried to get this into a can, Popeye-style, but we haven’t cracked that bit yet… Simply empty into a pan and warm through. It’s as simple as that.
Allergens: Milk, eggs and Wheat
To view how to prepare your sticky toffee pudding, please see here.
Take out your sticky toffee pudding when you start prepping your mains.
Two options. The cheat’s way (which produces perfect results, but might be a bit too ‘ready meal’ for you…) is to microwave the pots with lids on for 1 minute on full blast. Let stand for a couple of minutes before taking the lids off. Or… place in a saucepan and pour in boiling water until it comes to three quarters of the way up the pots, topping up with more boiling water during cooking as the water level drops. If the pots have come straight out of the fridge it will take about 40 minutes for them to heat through. You could take them out an hour earlier in which case 20 minutes will be fine. For the sauce simply warm through in a small saucepan. Once you have a hot pudding dollop (or beautifully quenelle) clotted cream on top and pour the sauce around.