Slow Roast Beef with Blue Cheese Croquettes.

Slow Roast Beef with Blue Cheese Croquettes.

Slow Roast Steak with Blue Cheese Croquettes.

 

This dish of blue cheese croquettes came about from a little retro thinking. I love experimenting with potatoes and cooking the endless different recipes there are. Some of these recipes though, are confined to age old cook books as our memories of bad school dinners have spoiled them. Croquettes, hash browns, duchess potatoes etc.. Why not give them a little tlc and see if we can recreate them for the purpose they were intended. This is when my blue cheese croquettes were born.

I love blue cheese, but anyone who doesn’t like it should try having a blue cheese sauce with beef. The warm cheese isn’t as potent as cold cheese, but the creaminess is a perfect contrast to the irony beef. Any blue cheese works well, from gorgonzola to stilton. They will also work well with a strong cheddar or parmesan.

I also have a cheats version of red wine jus. [purerecipe]

Ingredients

    Blue Cheese Croquette

  • 500g Plain Mashed Potato(ie mashed spuds no extras)
  • 100g, cubed Blue Cheese
  • 1 Beaten Egg
  • 4 Tbsp Flour
  • 100g Breadcrumbs
  • 4 Chunky pieces Rump Steak
  • 500g Parsnips
  • 250ml Milk
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • To Serve Fresh Peas and Mushrooms
  • 400ml. Red Wine Jus
  • 1 Onion

Directions

  1. To make the croquettes, add the cheese to the plain mashed potato. Season only with black pepper. Form the potato into long rolls 1in thick. Cut at 2in intervals. Set aside in the fridge to harden up, minimum an hour. Now roll in flour, egg and the breadcrumbs. These can be put back into the fridge until you're ready for them. Otherwise, deep fry for 5 mins at 160°c, or you can cook them in the oven for 20mins at 200°c, turning every 5 mins. If you cook in the oven, make sure the baking tray is well oiled.
  2. Peel and chop the parsnips, add the garlic, milk and enough water to just cover. Boil for 10mins, strain and puree, adding a little of the cooking liquor if they get too thick. Season with salt and white pepper.
  3. For the steak, cook on a very high heat for 6 minutes in total. Turning every minute. This means five flips, set aside and let it rest for 5 mins or while you cook the croquettes.
  4. Meantime, saute the mushrooms for 3 minutes, add the peas for 1 minute at the end.
For my cheats red wine sauce, I quite often use gravy powder. A good beefy one, but to get rid of the powdery artificial taste I like to brown an onion in a pan, then deglaze with port or red wine. I often add some vegetable cooking liquor and reduce that too. I use this flavoured liquid to hydrate the powdered gravy.

18 Comments

  1. You’re so right, many of those tasty potato dishes have been ruined by both school and cheap cafes. These blue cheese croquettes look great. GG

  2. You just reminded me of how great a blue cheese sauce would be on the filets that I have planned for tonight. I’m in the process of completely redoing the kitchen and am limited to the grill and microwave. I imagine I can try the sauce in the microwave, if not then I’ve got an old beaten sauce pan that won’t be any worse for going on the grill.

  3. Wowza. It’s my husband’s birthday today and it’s a special one. What a terrific meal this will be tonight!

  4. I think blue cheese and beef go so well together…this meal sounds delicious.

  5. Crunchy, cheesy, happy, golden croquettes! I’d never be able to ‘unfriend’ those beauties 🙂

    And I’m following your mighty fine blog, dear David 🙂

  6. This would be a giant hit at our dinner table! Love that slow roast beef.

  7. Croquettes were my favourite thing to eat growing up! I remember my mother frying up those frozen ones. At that age they were the best thing ever! I love all things potatoes but hopefully my taste has changed allowing me to enjoy these gorgeous blue cheese ones! I like blue cheese so these should be fantastic. One of my favourite burgers is a blue cheese one, so yes, blue cheese and meat goes really well together. Thanks for the inspiration Dave!

    Nazneen

  8. This is a very original dish! Love the contrast of the gorgonzola cheese and the beef. Just genius. Take care, BAM

  9. Oh my, what an amazing dish! Those blue cheese croquettes are screaming my name and I love your treatment to the beef here—most perfect meal EVER!

  10. This looks unbelievably good. Great flavours too.

  11. how is it slow roast beef if its cooked in 6 minutes???

    • Dave Crichton

      Hi Jack, that’s a very good point. I have other slow cooking methods on the blog. Basically, sear in a pan then put in the oven at 60c for 45minutes. I appreciate most people feel this is a bit of a faff and hence I just wrote the basic method.

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