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Hereford Prime Côte de Bœuf smoked with herbs de Provence

Chef Eric Léautey of A Table Chez Eric Léautey

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A popular cut of beef in France, a côte de bœuf (literally, "beef rib") is better known as a rib of beef on the bone in Ireland and England. It is undeniably one of the most tempting cuts of beef you can get. Make sure it has been well aged and always allow it to come back up to room temperature before using it.

  • Serves 2

Ingredients

Côte de Bœuf
  • 900g–1kg Hereford prime rib of beef
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 8 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
  • 1 bunch of fresh dried thyme
  • 1 bunch of fresh dried rosemary
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sautéed potatoes & onions with mushrooms, to serve

Method

  1. Take out the meat out of the fridge 1 hour before cooking and give it a good wipe with kitchen paper to remove any excess moisture.

  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas mark 4). Heat a large heavy-based ovenproof frying pan that is large enough to take the piece of beef comfortably with the oil and butter. Season the meat with salt and pepper and add to the pan. Cook for at least 5-6 minutes on one side until nicely seared and then turn over and add the garlic cloves, then cook for another few minutes until browned.

  3. Transfer to the oven and cook for another 10 minutes until just cooked through but still rare in the middle. If you prefer your meat more well done cook it for a little longer.

  4. Remove from the oven and cover loosely with tin foil and leave to rest for 10 minutes, then surround with the dried herbs and set the herbs alight. Quickly cover the whole dish with a metal dome (or another pot) so that the flames immediately go out and leave for another 5 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse.

  5. Carve the beef on a platter and serve on warmed serving plates with the sautéed potatoes & onions with mushrooms.