summer beef recipes

Cured Hereford Beef Fillet with Bay Infused Potatoes

This cured beef fillet or sirloin requires marinating in a brine overnight, but is easy to prepare and has a wonderful fresh flavour for a summery lunch or supper to wow your guests.

Serves: 4

Total time (prep and cooking): 3 hours


  • 900g/2lb lean beef fillet or sirloin joint
  • 75g/3oz coarse sea salt
  • Freshly milled black pepper
  • 125g/4oz golden caster sugar
  • 100ml/3½floz dry white wine
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 15ml/1tbsp olive oil
  • 30ml/2tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 15ml/1tbsp fresh mixed herbs (such as chives, thyme and tarragon), finely chopped

Bay Infused Potatoes

  • 1kg/2lb small new potatoes, cooked and halved
  • 1 red onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 5-6 bay leaves, torn
  • 40g/1½oz butter
  • 10ml/2tsp extra virgin rapeseed or olive oil
  • 5ml/1tsp ground paprika


  • In a large dish mix together the salt, pepper, sugar, wine and onions.
  • Pour the mixture into a large double-lined plastic food bag. Add the beef and coat all over with the mixture. Seal, place on a large plate and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6, 200°C, 400°F.
  • Remove the joint from the marinade mixture and pat dry. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and sear the joint all over until brown.
  • Transfer to a metal rack in a large non-stick roasting tin and open roast for 25 minutes (rare) or 35 minutes (medium). Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for 30 minutes.
  • Place a large square of aluminium foil over a chopping board and scatter with half the herbs.
  • Position the beef on top of the herbs, pressing down to coat evenly then scatter the remaining herbs on top. Wrap up tightly in the foil and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
  • Thinly slice and serve at room temperature with bay infused potatoes.

Bay Infused Potatoes

  • Place the potatoes, onions, garlic and bay leaves in a large pan of boiling, salted water and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until almost tender. Drain and set aside to cool. Remove and discard the garlic cloves and bay leaves. Cut the onions into wedges.
  • Heat the butter, oil and paprika in a large non-stick pan over a moderate heat. Add the potatoes and onion wedges, tossing gently. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Transfer and serve with the cured beef fillet.