Christmas Fillet with the Ultimate Cauliflower Cheese

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30-40 minutes 

Difficulty: Easy

Christmas doesn’t have to be all about the turkey! Why not indulge in a delicious rich fillet with the all-time favourite festive side Cauliflower Cheese.


Cooking Instructions:


Blend all marinating ingredients together to form a paste 100g butter

4 cloves garlic peeled

Quarter bunch of thyme

Salt and pepper to season


Remove the silver skin off your fillet and cut it in half. Season well and in a hot pan, seal until golden brown and add half butter, thyme and garlic and baste until a nice crust forms

Add to a large oven tray and repeat with the other fillet


Cover with marinade (this is not necessary however it adds extra flavour)

Cook in a preferred oven at 180 degrees for roughly 30-40 minutes.


Using a probe check the top end of your fillet until it is approximately 35 degrees, (if you leave for slightly longer your fillet tail will be considerably higher, therefore, allowing for a range of cooking levels throughout keeping all guests happy!)

Ultimate cauliflower cheese (feeds 10):


  • 2 whole cauliflower (cut into large pieces)
  • 1L milk
  • 80g flour
  • 70g butter
  • 10ml truffle oil
  • 1 whole mozzarella cut into large pieces
  • 50g grated cheddar
  • 50g parmesan
  • 50g applewood smoked cheese
  • Sprig of thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp Dijon/English mustard

    Cooking Instructions:


    In a pan add 250ml milk and roughly 1L water as well as a good handful of salt and bring to the boil, cooking your cauliflower, in batches until soft


    In a separate pan add your milk, sprig of thyme and garlic and bring to a light simmer


    Melt your butter and truffle oil in a pan and add flour, on a low heat continuously stir for roughly 5 minutes until lighter in colour


    Now slowly add your hot milk mixture (removing your garlic and thyme) until a thick sauce forms


    Add your mustard, stir in along with salt and pepper and mix in all your cheeses until melted, leaving some for topping


    Stir in cauliflower and add to a oven safe tray finishing with the remaining cheese and bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes until golden brown

    Finish with more truffle oil and chives


Here at Tom Hixson of Smithfield we carefully handpick all of our cuts of beef from specialists across the globe to ensure our meat products are of the highest quality and grade. Our flavoursome range allows you to fillet steak online and much more with ease. Choose from an array of ribeye steak cuts from our delectable selection, sourced from the very best farmers. We are an online butcher specialising in not just beef but Pork, Chicken, lamb & more, for those looking for larger quantity orders, delivering across the UK straight to your door.

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