Beef fillet is a treat with Drostdy Hof’s Merlot

Red is a good colour for winter!

Red meat and red wine is a classic pairing for a reason! The tannins in reds bond with and soften the protein of the meat, bringing out its savoury flavours and juiciness. Drostdy Hof’s Merlot is a splendid example. Its soft berry succulence pairs superbly with grilled beef fillet served with Mediterranean vegetables, tossed with feta and homemade dukkah.

Add some freshly ground salt and pepper to your fillet and watch how the wine's aromas and flavours come alive.

Serves 2

Ingredients

For the beef fillet

2 x 200g beef fillet

40ml olive oil

Salt

Coarse black pepper

For the Mediterranean vegetables

3 medium courgettes, sliced

2 medium red peppers, seeded and sliced into 2cm cubes

2 medium yellow peppers, seeded and sliced into 2cm cubes

2 medium green peppers, seeded and sliced into 2 cm cubes

3 medium aubergines, sliced into 2cm cubes

1 red onion, cut into chunks

4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

50 ml olive oil

Salt

Black pepper

200g Feta cheese, crumbed

For the dukkah

280g almonds, flaked

260g hazelnuts

10g cumin

50g sesame seeds

10g coriander seeds

Method

For the dukkah

Place the almonds, hazelnuts, cumin, sesame seeds and coriander seeds into a dry pan and heat for 3 minutes to release the spice flavours

Remove from the pan and place in a blender/use a mortar and pestle to grind until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Left-overs can be stored in an airtight container or frozen for later use.

For the Mediterranean vegetables

Pre-heat oven to 180°C.

Place chopped courgettes, peppers, aubergines, onions and garlic in a roasting pan and drizzle the olive oil over.

Roast for approximately 35 minutes or until all vegetables are tender and start to turn brown.

Toss the vegetables with 3 tablespoons of dukkah and top with the feta cheese.

For the beef fillet

Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Grill on a hot griddle pan until done to your liking (for medium-grilled fillets, do 3 minutes on each side.)

Remove from heat, cover with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

Serve with vegetables and your glass of Drostdy Hof Merlot.

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