Back to the kitchen

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Holiday is always good especially when you can spend time with your loved ones! My family visited me for the first time in Australia. Since my parents´ annual leaves were limited, they only visited Sydney and Melbourne. But everything was so good, even the weather was kind. When we were in Sydney, it was mild with some beautiful sunshine. That made our trips to Blue Mountain and Canberra more enjoyable. The highlight of our stay in Sydney was to climb the Harbour Bridge and admire the view of the beautiful harbour, Sydney Opera House and the city in brilliant sunlight. It was so spectacular and beautiful that you just fell in love with Sydney all over again… Our stay in Melbourne was also very pleasant, but I will tell you about it another time.

Now back to the normal routine. The dish you saw above was the first proper meal I cooked after the holiday. It must be the weather effects, but I do crave for red meat quite a bit lately. So a medium, pink and juicy steak was somewhat irresistible.

What makes this dish special is the gratin of mushroom on top of the steak. It is a clever interpretation of the traditional steak and mushroom sauce. The recipe is from a well-known chef, Gordon Ramsay, who is my current favorite TV character (together with House, if you ask). It is an almost perfect dish – the creamy and herby mushroom goes very well with the tender and juicy steak. It is full of flavors, unlike those dull steak and chips which I disliked. However, I think some additional sauce will be lovely to bind all the ingredients together. Something like a stock reduction or gravy will be good here.

Served with some roasted potatoes and a green salad, you will have a comfortable dinner in the midst of the cold and wet winter.

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Beef Fillet with a Gratin of Wild Mushrooms

From this book


1 shallot, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

4 tbsp olive oil

200g wild mushroom, finely chopped

1 tbsp each of finely chopped parsley, chervil and chives

4 tbsp double cream (35% milk fat), whipped till soft stiff

1 egg yolk

4 fillet steak, 180g each*

2 tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese

Sea salt and black pepper


  1. For the topping: gent;y sauté shallot and garlic with 1 tbsp olive oil until softened. Add a further 2 tbsp olive oil, and sauté mushroom over high heat for about 7 mins. You need to stir the mushroom frequently. The mixture should be quite dry at the end. Transfer to a bowl. Season & add herbs. Cool completely.
  2. Fold the whipped cream and the egg yolk into the mushroom mixture. Cover and chill.
  3. Brush the steak with some olive oil. Heat a nonstick pan until very hot. Seared the fillet all over. Remove and leave to cool.
  4. Preheat oven to 220c. Close to serving, put steak on a baking tray and top up with mushroom mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan. Cook, uncovered for about 5-8 mins or until the topping is golden. Serve immediately.

(*): In the book, Gordon used steak with 4cm high, which makes a perfect presentation.

(*): I don´t use steak which has been frozen because they contain a lot of water. It´s best to buy steak from a good butcher, store it in the fridge and cook as soon as possible.

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42 Responses to Back to the kitchen

  1. Tartelette says:

    That is totally something I would have seconds of. Gimme steak and mushrooms and I am happy!

  2. Nora B. says:

    This is awesome! I don’t usually cook the steak because my partner is “in charge” of things that go on the grill/bbq. But this recipe is something I can do without messing up the steak. Thanks Anh. And I’m glad you are back.

  3. Lydia says:

    The steak looks beautiful — and I admit, I love watching Gordon Ramsay’s shows, too.

  4. Precious Moments says:

    i am melting already seeing this. drop by in singapore any sooner?

  5. Wendy says:

    This looks wonderful. I get red meat cravings too.

  6. Meeta says:

    Nice to have you back. And you come back with a fantastic dish. I love steaks and with mushrooms it is awesome!

  7. WokandSpoon says:

    This definitely makes steak a little more interesting! Yours looks like it’s perfectly cooked!

  8. sher says:

    I like Gordon too–I just watched his show Hell’s Kitchen last night. I think he would be quite happy with your efforts–he wouldn’t yell at all! :):) I love the way the dish looks in your pictures–it’s making me very hungry and the interior of the meat is cooked just the way I like it. YUM!!!!!!

  9. James says:

    If you have no original ideas then you should stick to Vietnamean food.

  10. Anh says:

    Helen, I love beef and mushroom, too.
    And ya, SYdney is beautiful.

  11. veron says:

    My favorite combination! Steak and mushrooms…I think I’ll put it on the menu this week.

  12. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Anh, your food is always so beautifully presented and described in your text that I feel like taking a huge bite of this dish and I don’t even eat meat!!! :D

  13. Asha says:

    What a great dish to return to blogging with Anh!! Mouthwatering!:))

  14. Mishmash ! says:

    Anh, though i like my red meat to be well done, even the medium done meat tempts me so much and it’s all coz of your beautiful soft photograph :) it’s always a visual treat for me when I come here :)

  15. Kelly Mahoney says:

    Mmmmm, steak and mushrooms. What a great, hearty meal.

  16. Callipygia says:

    Oh I like the idea of a reduced au jus to tie in all the flavors! Also I see the cheese and egg, but does the mixture stay on the beef well or does it tend to fall off? Very clever idea, must check out Gordon Ramsey.

  17. Cynthia says:

    What a clever idea – mushroom gratin! I do love me some Chef Ramsey :)

  18. Anh says:

    Veron, hope you enjoy this.

  19. tigerfish says:

    Perfect! You put so much “heart” in making this meal even after your holidays. I would have lost so much “inertia”.

  20. SteamyKitchen says:

    I love steak & mushrooms. I could have this once a week!

  21. lynn says:

    Yeah, you’re back! My computer has been missing your beautiful, delicious creations. (Me, too).

  22. Amy says:

    Beef and mushrooms, two of my favorite things. This is making my mouth water and I just ate a huge dinner! 😛

  23. ilingc says:

    Welcome back Anh, this looks absolutely delicious!! I love steak and mushrooms… and House, he’s quite the character isn’t it? 😉

  24. Ellie says:

    Wooooohah, talk about the dish to win my heart – I love steak with mushroom, I usually just have a mushroom gravy but this will definitely be on the menu next time!

  25. Sue (coffeepot) says:

    Oh my gosh… I can not stand Ramsey and would punch him out if I was one of those silly souls on that show.

  26. Sandeepa says:

    You seem to have had a very nice time with your family, Anh. Refreshed , huh ? Is it still cold there ? What are the Spring months ? October ?

  27. The Cooking Ninja says:

    Wish I have seen your dish today before we cooked our steak :( We have all the ingredients in the fridge to make this dish. Guess will have to save it for next time.

  28. Anh says:

    tigerfish, I need to keep moving. Otherwise, I will be in holiday mood for too long and my work can’t wait. :)

  29. Cris says:

    Your pictures make everything look sooo yummy!

  30. Sharmi says:

    so hope you had a great time with your family honey! are they still with you? they must be enjoying the food you make.

  31. Arfi Binsted says:

    this is why i on the other side love living in the city, that you can just go to a butcher shop and buy a great fresh fillet of beef. here on the countryside, we have to buy fresh ones or frozen ones and throw them in the deep freezer, just in case it would be storm then we’ll have some in store. well, Anh, i’d love to visit you some day i’m traveling to OZ and taste your fresh bought beef! oh

  32. Mandy says:

    Welcome back!

  33. Susan says:

    I’m so pleased to hear that your family’s visit was lovely. And, I’ve gotta tell you, this photo is so beautiful, it’s enough to tempt even this hard-core vegetarian!

  34. Truffle says:

    Your holiday sounds wonderful and what a fantastic return to the kitchen! Looks so tempting!

  35. Culinarily Curious says:

    I’ve never tried a Gordon Ramsay recipe… but now you’ve got my attention. I love mushrooms with beef, and I’m looking forward to trying this iteration!

  36. Anh says:

    Cris, thanks for your sweet compliment.

  37. photogirl says:

    this looks great! I’m trying it next time I make steaks.

  38. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Welcome back to the kitchen and glad that you have had a great holiday. :)

  39. Peabody says:

    Ha, maybe I could get my husband to eat his veggies this way!

  40. Miss Scarlett says:

    If I made this, I have a feeling I would find myself just eating spoonfulls of the mushroom gratin. I love a big slab of steak (okay by “big” I mean a petit filet), but I would be so busy eating the topping, I might not have room left it:)

  41. Hillary says:

    Wow! My dad who loves steak with mushrooms would LOVE this. It looks sooo tasty, and that steak is cooked to the perfect consistency.

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