The Queen’s German prince and the beef recipe in his honor

October 14, 2013

Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, Buckingham Palace, May 11, 1854.

Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, Buckingham Palace, May 11, 1854.

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha married his first cousin, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, when they were both 20. Contrary to today’s contraceptive culture, nine children blessed their marriage. He administered ably and expanded the patrimony of the British royal family. He championed the abolition of slavery and strove to eliminate child labor in factories and mines, which the the frenetic expansionism of the Industrial Revolution had made common.
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Queen Victoria and their children

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Queen Victoria and their children

Although somewhat disparaged by British society at first–with many seeing him as a minor German prince who was not an even match for the Queen–they warmed in admiration for him seeing his calm courage during two assassination attempts against the Queen. In the first, the Queen was four months pregnant and they were riding together in an open carriage through a London park. Edward Oxford, a lunatic, shot at them twice and missed. The second attempt was by a John Francis. He too shot at the Queen while she was riding in an open carriage with the Prince.
Detail of lithograph by J. R. Jobbins of Edward Oxford attempting to shoot Queen Victoria

Detail of lithograph by J. R. Jobbins of Edward Oxford attempting to shoot Queen Victoria

Prince Albert died young. He was just 42 years old and the Queen wore mourning for the rest of her life. He left his mark on British society during these twenty years, and his memory is celebrated in numerous ways. For example, by this beef fillet recipe, which was created in his honor.

Fillet of Beef Prince Albert



3 Tbsp Sunflower Oil

1 Onion , Sliced

1 Garlic Clove, Finely Chopped

2 Carrots , Diced

2 Celery Stalks, Thinly Sliced

2lb 4oz Beef Fillet, Trimmed

3oz Duck Liver Pâte ( Parfait )

Sea Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1/2 Tsp Truffle Oil

6-8 Strips Of Bacon

3-4 Fresh Bay Leaves

2fl Oz Cognac

7fl Oz Madeira

5fl Oz Fresh Beef Stock

Handful Chopped Fresh Parsley

Creamed Potatoes

Green Beans

Filet de Boeuf Photo by ulterior epicure

Filet de Boeuf Photo by ulterior epicure


Heat two tablespoons of the oil in a frying pan. Fry the onion, garlic, carrots and celery for 10-12 minutes, or until softened and golden-brown. (You may need to increase the heat toward the end of the cooking time to encourage the vegetables to brown.) Spoon the cooked vegetables into a casserole dish.

Place the beef fillet onto a chopping board. Cut a pocket in the side of the fillet, leaving a 1in gap at each end. (Make sure that you only make an incision halfway into the meat and that you don’t cut the meat into two pieces).

Cut the pâté into ½ inch wide strips, place them inside the pocket and drizzle with the truffle oil, if using. Close the pocket to encase the filling. Season the beef all over with sea salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

Wrap the beef in the bacon rashers and secure with kitchen string. Place a bay leaf between the bacon and string every other bacon strip. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350F.


Heat the frying pan and add the remaining oil and brown the beef fillet in the frying pan for 10-12 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and golden-brown. Place the beef fillet on top of the vegetables.

Remove all but two tablespoons of fat from the frying pan and stir in the flour. Slowly add the cognac, stirring constantly. Once the mixture is boiling, add the Madeira, followed by the beef stock. Bring the liquid to a simmer then pour immediately around the beef. Cook the beef in the oven for 30-35 minutes for rare beef, or 40 minutes for medium-rare.

Carefully remove the beef onto a chopping board, cover with a piece of foil and two tea towels. Return the casserole to the hob and simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until the liquid thickens slightly. Strain through a fine sieve into a warmed server. Carve the beef into thick pieces.

Pour some of the sauce into six deep plates. Place the beef on top and garnish with fresh parsley and serve with creamed potatoes and green beans.

Fillet of Beef

This recipe is available on several websites, but this one was taken from: Recipe Finder


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