Now I’m not claiming that any of this is particularly original, or indeed new, but yesterday on a fairly chilly Sunday off I stumbled across a lovely little deli in East London whilst on my walk and decided to treat myself.  So here’s a simple but effective recipe for a homemade steak and chips, with mushrooms.

Ingredients (for 1):

  • Rump steak 170g (cut and size obviously totally to personal preference, but this is what I had)
  • 3-4 potatoes (roasting ideally, but any larger size will do)
  • Handful of button mushrooms
  • Mixed herbs (parsley, thyme, rosemary)
  • Mustard seeds
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Rapeseed oil

Method:

  • Take the steak out of the fridge to bring to room temperature. Season with salt and pepper and leave aside.
  • To start with, prepare the potatoes. Wash and peel the skins, then cut the potatoes into rough wedges shapes. Place in salted boiling water and cook for about 15 minutes, until starting to soften.
  • Meanwhile, slice the mushrooms into slices about 5mm thick. Heat some rapeseed oil in a sauté pan on a medium heat, and when hot, add the mushrooms. Add some mustard seeds and cook until the mushrooms start to colour. Leave on a low heat to continue to cook slowly.
  • Drain the potatoes, place on a grill pan, season with the mixed herbs and give a generous dash of rapeseed oil. Place under the grill to colour and finish cooking.
  • Heat a pan or griddle ready to cook the steak. Put oil on the steak and when the pan is hot, start to cook the meat. After three minutes on one side, turn the steak and cook for another 3 minutes. A steak of this size literally only needs 3 minutes either side to get medium-rare, which is how I wanted. Take out the pan and leave on the side to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the remaining juices from the steak pan into the mushrooms, and turn the heat right up, to give the mushrooms a beautiful flavour and caramelisation.
  • When ready to serve, plate as you wish! I did the potatoes (chips) in a stack in the middle of the plate, a couple on the side, with the steak on top and the mushrooms further on top of that.

Tuck in and enjoy! I had mine with a wonderfully named delicious craft lager, ‘Steamy Wonder’, from Mondo Brewing Company in Battersea.

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