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Tenderloin Steak baked with Chavignol cheese with honey turnips

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4 tenderloin steaks
4 Crottins de Chavignol
15 cl fresh cream
800 gr turnips
4 shallots
1 lemon
5 cl brandy
15 cl white wine
20 gr butter
1 café spoon olive oil
3 soupspoons cider vinegar
1 soupspoon honey
Salt and ground pepper


Preparing the turnips:

  • Peel the shallots, chop up and place them in a frying pan, pour in 5 cl of white wine and the cider vinegar.
  • Place on a strong flame and allow the liquid to nearly evaporate, then pour in the honey.
  • Peel the turnips and cut in quarters.
  • Place them in the frying pan making sure they lie as flat as possible.
  • Cover them with water, add salt and pepper.
  • Place cooking paper over the frying pans top and allow it contents to simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Occasionally, in order to verify cooked status of the turnips pick with a pointed knife.
  • Add a zest of lemon.

Frying the steaks:

  • Fry the tenderloin steaks in butter.
  • Allow them to cook 2 to 5 minutes each side.
  • Salt and pepper the steaks and keep warm.

Grilling the Crottins:

  • While the steaks are cooking place the Crottins in an oven pan, pour a little oil over the cheeses and place under the grill for 2 to 5 minutes until their exterior is golden brown with a surface undulated by the heat.

Making the sauce:

  • Take the frying pan and pour in the brandy to this add the remaining of the white wine.
  • Reduce under a strong flame for 2 to 3 minutes and pour in the cream, allow further cooking for another 3 minutes.
  • Salt and pepper.


  • Now for the serving, first make sure the plates are heated and the food hot.
  • Place the steaks on a plate and cover with the sauce, on the top place the Crottins and lastly surround the steaks with the honey-coated turnips.

Serves 4