Matariki and Kai – Beef Eye Fillet with Crayfish Gratine, Kumara and Puha

To help Kiwis celebrate our first Matariki holiday, winners of Masterchef New Zealand 2014, Kasey and Karena Bird have teamed up with Silver Fern Farms to create beautiful recipes linked to the different stars in the constellation.

The Matariki celebration is about gathering and sharing food, and Kasey and Karena’s recipes are everything you need to celebrate at home!

Beef eye fillet with Crayfish gratine, kūmara and pūhā

Serves 2

In this recipe we use ingredients associated with Tipuānuku, Tipuārangi and Waitā

You will need:

1 x pack beef eye fillet


Crayfish gratine

100gm cooked crayfish meat roughly chopped

½ teaspoon minced garlic

¼ small onion finely diced

1 tb. Butter

¼ cup cream

2 tb. Grated parmesan

2 tsp finely chopped chives

Splash of olive oil

Salt and Pepper


Kūmara purée

2 x small kumara peeled and diced

¼ cup cream

1 tb. Butter




Small bunch of puha


For the crayfish put a small pan on medium heat add the butter and oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until translucent. Add the cream and reduce by half. Lastly add the crayfish and mix, followed by the chives. Set aside

For the beef – Remove from packaging, cover, and bring to room temperature. Rub oil over the eye fillet steaks and season.
Preheat the pan or BBQ to medium-high and pan-fry for 3-4 minutes on each side for medium-rare.
Transfer to a plate, cover, and rest for 5 minutes

Put the beef on a baking tray, top with the crayfish and sprinkle the parmesan on top. Turn your oven on to grill and grill the steaks for 5 mins or until the cheese is golden.

For the kumara – In a small pot, cover with water and boil the kumara until soft. Mash together with the butter and cream. Season to your liking.

*For an extra smooth mash put all of the ingredients in a food processor to combine.

To serve – Place a portion of mash on the plate and top with a beef fillet. Garnish with the puha. This can be served with your choice of vegetable or salad.