Beef with Cumberland sauce recipe

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Cumberland sauce goes really well with sausages but we also like it with beef. Try out this recipe when your friends come over - they'll be impressed


  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • small knob of butter
  • 4 beef fillets (approx 1in thick)
  • 120g pancetta or thinnly sliced ham
  • 10g mushrooms chopped into small pieces
  • 1 small glass red wine (approx 100ml)
  • 4dsp Cumberland Sauce


  • Heat the oil and butter in a heavy bottomed frying pan and fry the beef fillet for 2 mins each side ? they should be rare in the middle ? cook for longer if you prefer.

  • Transfer to a plate.

  • Fry the pancetta or ham and mushrooms in the juices in the pan for 5 mins until slightly golden.

  • Add the red wine, leave to bubble for a min, then add the Cumberland sauce and heat through for a couple of minutes.

  • Serve the beef fillet with a little sauce drizzled over the top, eat with creamy mash and steamed green vegetables or salad.

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