Sunday, 13 March 2011

Recipe II - Log of Beef in Bacon

1 log of beef, about 25-30cm long, salted and peppered.
8 streaks of pancetta bacon (or similar)
4 large cloves of garlic
5 porcini mushrooms
1 onion
A good sprinkling of ground pepper and salt
Golden syrup, or honey (or similar - I used dandelion syrup at Christmas)

Cut up everything except the meat and put into a blender until pulped.

It should look like this by the end:

Spread the pancetta out in strips on a cutting board and cover the middle part with the pulp.
With the rest, cover the underside of the log of meat with the pulp.

Wrap the beef in pancetta bacon, and pour the sticky solution on top.
Cook in the oven at 170°C for an hour.
Serve with roast potatoes (parboil then in the oven with goosefat) and carrots in breadcrumbs (cut in quarters lengthways and then in half, parboil, dip in egg yolk then breadcrumbs, cook with the potatoes).

Serve with a nice red Primitivo from southern Italy. Done!

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