Lancaster House Serves Beef with Chocolate & Coffee Crust

Celebrating Chocolate Week

Lancaster House Head Chef, Damien, has put together a special 3-course menu to celebrate Chocolate Week and he’s agreed to share his recipes with us. Here’s how to make Char-grilled Beef Medallion Fillets with a Chocolate & Coffee Crust, served with Pan-fried Oyster Mushroom Sauce and Baby Vegetables. 



Beef Medallion Fillets with Chocolate & Coffee Crust


  • 1 tbsp finely ground espresso coffee beans
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp garlic puree
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • pinch of ground allspice
  • pinch of salt & freshly ground pepper

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and rub into, and completely cover, four 100 g fillet steak medallions. Wrap in cling film and leave to sit at room temperature for 1 hour.

Oyster Mushroom Sauce

  • Approx 24 oyster mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup double cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat olive oil in a frying pan. Add the oyster mushrooms and cook for 4 minutes on high. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour in wine, cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes until the wine becomes brown in colour. Add the double cream. Stir well and simmer for 2 minutes.

Baby Vegetables

  • 6 – 8 chantenay carrots
  • 4 baby corns
  • 4 baby leeks
  • 100g green beans

Cook all baby veg in boiling salted water for 1 minute. Remove and refresh in ice cold water.

To assemble the dish …

Char-grill fillets for 1 minute on each side for a juicy pink centre. Dip the baby veg in salted boiling water and drain on a warm serving plate. Place the baby veg in the centre of each plate. Place fillet steaks on top and serve with a jug of oyster mushroom sauce.

… or Damien will cook it for you

Damien Ng Head Chef at Lancaster House
Damien Ng Head Chef at Lancaster House

This dish, along with other chocolate-inspired recipes will be available throughout Chocolate Week, 10th – 16th October at Lancaster House Foodworks restaurant. Booking a table at on of our Lake District Hotels couldn’t be easier using our online booking system or just call 01524 844822.



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