You will also need a heavy based frying pan/skillet
Warm a plate in the oven.
Trim any excess fat from the steaks. Crush the peppercorns coarsely using a pestle and mortar, or with a flat-ended rolling pin, and spread them out onto a plate. Press both sides of the steaks down onto the crushed peppercorns, shaking off any loose bits as you lift them off.
Heat the pan until it is really hot then add the oil. Place the steaks in the pan and cook them for 3–4 minutes on each side for rare or 8–9 for medium to well done. Transfer to the warmed plate, cover loosely with foil, and leave to rest for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, pour the wine into the pan and let it bubble up and reduce until it makes a thick, syrupy sauce. Add the balsamic vinegar and butter and then stir in any juices that have run off the steaks. Season to taste.
Serve with the sauce poured over the steaks and the mashed potato alongside to soak up the juices.
4 x 170g (6 oz) steaks (rib eye, sirloin or other good quality steak)
For the Béarnaise Sauce
4 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 shallot, chopped
2 eggs, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.), yolks only
115g (4 oz) butter, cut into small pieces (½ cup, or 1 stick)
2 tsp chopped fresh tarragon
fries and peas
For the steaks
Season the steaks.
Now heat a large frying pan/skillet and add the butter and oil. When the butter has melted and is foaming, add the steaks. Fry them, over a medium heat, for 2 minutes each side for medium rare, 3 minutes for medium, 5–6 minutes for well done. Or BBQ them.
Transfer to a warm plate, cover and let them rest for five minutes.
For the Béarnaise Sauce
While the steaks are cooking, put the vinegar and shallot in a small pan and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer to reduce to about 1 tablespoon. This will only take a minute or two. Strain and leave to cool a little.
Now in a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks with some seasoning and then add the vinegar and 1 tablespoon of warm water.
While the steaks are resting, place the bowl with the egg mixture over a pan of just simmering water. Add the butter, a knob at a time, stirring until each knob has melted before adding the next. Continue stirring until the sauce is shiny and thick. Once it has thickened, remove from the heat and stir in the chopped tarragon.
Wash and peel potatoes. Cut into even-sized pieces and put in a pan. Cover with cold water and add a good pinch of salt. Now cover the pan, bring the water to a boil and then simmer for 7 minutes. Drain and leave for a few minutes until they are cool enough to handle, then dice into 1 inch chunks.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan/skillet. Season the potatoes and add to pan/skillet. Toss to coat with the oil and then fry over a medium heat, turning frequently, until browned, crisp, and cooked through, about 15 minutes.
For the gammon
Meanwhile, preheat the grill/broiler.
Trim any rind off the gammon steaks and then grill/broil for 6–10 minutes, until the top is starting to brown. Turn the steaks and grill/broil on the other side for about 6 minutes. The gammon should now be slightly crispy.
Remove the gammon from the grill/broiler pan and lay a piece of foil over the rack. Put the steaks back on the rack and now place 1 pineapple ring on each gammon steak. Mix together the cheese, onion (if using), and pepper. Top the pineapple with the cheese and place back under a hot grill/broiler until the cheese starts to melt and brown slightly, about 5 minutes.
For the vegetables
Cut the tomatoes in half, put a teaspoon of butter on each cut half and season. Place on the foil along with the covered gammon steaks and grill/broil for 5 minutes.
Garnish each gammon steak with a sprig of parsley.
225g (8 oz) carrots (3 medium), sliced thinly into rounds
2 small courgettes/zucchini, cut into 1.25cm (½ inch) rounds
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
For this recipe you will also need a heavy-based frying pan/skillet for the steaks, if not barbecuing, and a deep-sided frying pan/skillet with lid for the vegetables
Lay the steaks in a single layer in a shallow dish.
Then, in a small bowl, whisk together the next 5 ingredients and pour this over the steaks. Cover the dish and leave to marinade for 30 minutes, turning the steaks halfway through.
Once the steaks have finished marinading, prepare the vegetables.
Wash and cut the broccoli into small florets discarding any stems. Place in a bowl along with the sliced carrots and courgettes/zucchini. Pour over the olive oil and season, then toss to coat the vegetables with the oil.
Now wash the potatoes, place in a pan, cover with water and add a little salt. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15–20 minutes until tender.
Next put five plates in the oven to warm.
Remove the steaks from the marinade and pat dry (reserve the marinade). The steaks can be barbecued or cooked in a heavy-based frying pan/skillet. If using a pan, first heat the pan until it is really hot and then brush with olive oil. Reduce the heat and add the steaks to the pan. Cook over a medium heat for about 2 minutes on each side, depending on how you like your steaks. Remove them on one of the warmed plates, cover the plate with foil and leave the steaks to rest for 5 minutes, turning halfway through.
While the steaks are cooking, the vegetables can also be cooked. First, heat the deep-sided frying pan/skillet, then add the vegetables and sauté over a medium heat for 4 minutes, stirring a couple of times. Reduce the heat, pop on the lid, and continue to cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender. Remove the lid, turn up the heat and sauté for a further minute to crisp them up.
When the steaks are resting, stir the reserved marinade into the steak pan and, over a gentle heat, let it bubble to heat through. (If the steak was barbecued, once the vegetables have been cooked and removed from their pan, use this pan to heat through the marinade.)
Serve the steaks with the sauce poured over and the vegetables alongside.
284ml (10 oz) can condensed beef broth (Campbells)
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 red pepper
1 small head of broccoli
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tbsp olive oil
450g (1 lb) sirloin steak, cut into strips
You will also need a 22.5cm (10 inch) deep frying pan/skillet.
First, blend together the cornflour/cornstarch and water in a bowl. Stir in the beef broth and soy sauce, and then set aside.
Deseed the pepper and cut into small chunks. Break the broccoli into small florets, discarding the stem. Peel and thinly slice the carrots.
Place the pan over a medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil. When hot, add the vegetables and garlic, and stir to coat. Stir-fry until tender, about 5–8 minutes. Remove and keep warm.
Add the other tablespoons of oil to the pan and, when hot, add the beef. Stir-fry for 2–4 minutes according to how well-done you like your steak. Turn frequently to brown on all sides. Remove and keep warm.
Add the reserved broth to the pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium and stir until it thickens. Return the vegetables and meat to the pan, stirring through the sauce. Reheat for 1–2 minutes until everything is hot.
700g (1½ lb) potatoes, peeled and sliced (4½ medium)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 x 400g tin whole tomatoes (½ x 28 fl oz can)
good beef stock
225g (8 oz) peas (optional) (1½ cups)
You will need a lidded casserole dish for this recipe
Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) (gas 3)
Place the flour in a medium plastic food storage bag and add salt and pepper. Shake the bag to mix. Cut the steak into 2.5cm (1 inch) cubes and add to the bag. Shake again so the flour coats the steak. Remove the steak from the bag but reserve any remaining flour.
Layer steak, onions, carrots and potatoes in the casserole dish, sprinkling each layer with a pinch of nutmeg and some seasoning as you go.
Sprinkle the remaining flour from the bag over the meat and vegetables and then add the tomatoes.
Finally pour over enough stock to come just over halfway up the ingredients.
Cover and cook for 2½ hours.
Peas can be added 15 minutes before the end of cooking.
Thin French fries, mushrooms, tomatoes and lettuce leaves
With tip of a knife, lightly score each steak to allow the marinade to seep into the steak.
Prepare the marinade by whisking the red wine, olive oil and pepper together.
Place the steaks in a single layer in a dish. Add the shallots, garlic and bay leaves. Pour the marinade over the steaks and turn them in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least six hours, or overnight if possible.
Lift the steaks out of the dish and dry on kitchen paper, reserving the marinade.
Brush a heavy based pan with oil. (A ridged one works well.) Heat the pan and, when it is hot, add the steaks and cook over a medium–high heat, turning once. As a rough guide, allow 1 minute per side for rare, 2 minutes per side for medium–rare, and 3 minutes for medium. Place the steaks on a warm plate and and cover with foil. Rest for 5 minutes, turning halfway through, to allow the juices to settle evenly.
Meanwhile, allow the pan to cool down slightly. Add the reserved marinade to the pan with the redcurrant jelly and half a cup water. Bring the mixture to the boil. Add the butter and boil down until reduced by about half. Season. Remove bay leaves.
575g (1lb 4 oz) sirloin or rump steak, fat removed
4 tbsp medium-dry sherry
6 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp caster sugar/white sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
225g (8 oz) button mushrooms, sliced (3 cups)
1 tsp cornflour/cornstarch
For the rice
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
200g (7 oz) brown rice (1 cup)
475 ml (15 fl oz) chicken stock (2 cups)
½ tsp cumin seeds
2 medium tomatoes
Pour the sherry and soy sauce into a large bowl. Add the sugar and stir until it has dissolved.
Cut the steak into 1.25cm (½ inch) slices and add to the bowl. Turn the steak to coat, then cover the bowl, refrigerate, and leave to marinade for at least an hour.
Remove the bowl from the fridge just before preparing the rice to enable the steak to come to room temperature.
For the rice
Put the onion, rice, stock and cumin seeds into a large pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 35–40 minutes until the stock has been absorbed by the rice.
When it is cooked, leave to rest for 10 minutes while cooking the steak and vegetables.
For the steak
First, cut the tomatoes in half and then each half into thirds.
Drain the meat, reserving the marinade.
Blend the cornflour/cornstarch into the marinade and set to one side.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan/skillet over a medium heat. Add the steak and stir fry for 2–3 minutes, turning frequently, until lightly browned.
Add the mushrooms and stir fry for a further minute.
Add the tomatoes and stir in the reserved marinade. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and cook for 1 minute.
Divide the rice between four plates, spooning it around the edge of each plate to form a circle. Now divide the steak and vegetables into four portions placing each in the centre of the rice and spoon over any sauce remaining in the pan.
Serve immediately, garnished with a little parsley.
Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in the pan over a medium heat, then stir in the garlic. The steaks will need to be cooked two at a time. Lay the first two steaks in the pan and cook for 3 minutes each side. Remove and transfer to a warmed plate in the oven.
Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in the pan and cook the remaining two steaks. Then transfer to a warmed plate in the oven.
Meanwhile whisk the vinegar with the water, pepper and honey in a small bowl. Once the steaks are cooked, remove the pan from the heat and add the sauce along with most of the parsley. Stir for 1 minute. The heat of the pan will be enough to heat through the sauce.
Pour the sauce over the steaks and sprinkle over the remaining parsley. Serve with the peas and other seasonal vegetables.
Trim any excess fat from the steaks and put in a single layer in a baking dish.
Stir the rest of the ingredients in a bowl until well blended. Pour over the steaks. Turn the steaks over so they are covered with the marinade. Cover the dish and refrigerate overnight.
Drain the steaks and reserve the marinade. They can be BBQ’d or cooked in a little oil and butter in a frying pan/skillet.
Once they are cooked, transfer to a plate, cover and keep warm. Rest for 5 minutes for the juices to be absorbed back into the steak.
Meanwhile, pour the reserved marinade in a small pan, stir and bring to the boil. (If the steaks were cooked in a frying pan/skillet, use this.) Reduce the heat to low and cook for a further minute. A little water can be added if the sauce reduces too much.
To serve, pour the sauce over the steaks and accompany with baked potatoes and seasonal vegetables.