Understanding the pivotal role of food and wine in creating memorable moments, Roodeberg partnered with four popular foodies to develop mouth-watering 70 minute recipes to enjoy with this classic red blend. The foodies were given free rein to play with tastes and textures to complement the Roodeberg Red.
Charmaine Ramalope-Makhubela of Glamfoodie chose a beautifully crafted beef Wellington wrapped in a pastry lattice – take a look at the recipe below.
1 beef fillet, cleaned and trimmed
45ml olive oil
1 large sprig fresh thyme
100ml Roodeberg Red
12 slices streaky bacon
400g roll of puff pastry, thawed
A little flour, for dusting
1 egg, beaten
- Heat the oven to 220°C. Place the fillet on a roasting tray, brush with 15ml olive oil and season with pepper. Roast for 15 minutes for medium-rare or 20 minutes for medium. Remove from the oven to cool, then chill in the fridge for about 20 min.
- While the beef is cooling, chop the mushrooms as finely as possible so they have the texture of coarse breadcrumbs.
- Heat 30ml of the olive oil and 50g butter in a large pan. Fry the mushrooms, with 1 large sprig of fresh thyme, for about 10 minutes, stirring often, until the mixture has softened. Season the mushroom mixture, pour in 100ml Roodeberg red wine and cook for about 10 minutes until all the wine has been absorbed. The mixture should hold its shape when stirred. Remove the thyme and cool the mixture.
- Place a piece of cling film over a large chopping board. Lay the slices of bacon on the cling film, slightly overlapping. Spread the mushroom mixture over the bacon. Place the fillet on top. Use the cling film’s edges to draw the bacon around the fillet, then roll it into a sausage shape, twisting the ends of cling film to tighten it as you go. Chill the fillet while you roll out the pastry.
- Dust your work surface with a little flour. Unroll the puff pastry. Remove the fillet from the cling film and put it in the centre of the pastry. Wrap the pastry around the fillet. Cut off any excess and use to decorate. Brush the pastry’s edges with the beaten egg to seal. Gaze all over with more beaten egg.
- Bake at 200°C until golden and crisp – 20-25 min for medium-rare beef, 30 min for medium. Allow to stand for 10 mins before serving in thick slices.