Friday, 6 November 2015

The Ultimate Steak Sandwich

A few weeks ago I was trying to think of an alternative to the pizza for serving in front of the telly whilst watching the rugby world cup.

Pizza is the usual go to dish, homemade or otherwise, but with the Italians gone, along with all the other northern hemisphere teams, I decided that perhaps I should look for inspiration from the countries left.......


Australia, I wasn't sure of their natural dish, was it Kangaroo or Wallaby meat? perhaps 'bush tucker' - I did a 'google' search for a national dish and it all seemed rather vague - most seemed to mention the barbecue and shrimps but with it being a bit wet outside I decided against it.

Next up was New Zealand - whilst I love the idea of a traditional Hangi I'm not sure I'm up to digging a pit in the garden and filling it with hot stones - and the games would be over by the time it was all cooked.

So now I'm looking to South Africa and Argentina for help. South Africa's national dish is the Bobotie - a curried meat dish that looks just like a moussaka (in my opinion) I'm definitely going to have a go at this recipe but it's not the easy eat/cook dish I was looking for.

So now my only hope is Argentina - and oh yes - ladies and gentlemen we have a winner!

Steak!  Argentina is one of the worlds largest producers of beef, so steak it is and in a roll with loads of 'extra's' it will be just what we wanted.....

                                                 and it goes well with beer.......

Recipe - per person

1 steak - I used rump
1 large bap or roll
A couple of gherkins  - sliced
A couple of sun dried tomatoes
Grated strong cheddar or blue cheese
Horseradish sauce or mustard
Hot chilli sauce
1 teaspoon smokey paprika
A handful of rocket leaves or other salad
Salt and pepper

Heat a heavy pan or griddle to a high heat.

Whilst it heating up sprinkle the paprika, salt and pepper over you steak and rub it in. Cut you rolls in half and place, cut side down, onto your griddle to toast. Once golden remove from the griddle and replace with the steak.

With the steak cooking away you can start to add the sauces to the roll. I like to pop about a teaspoon of mayonnaise on each surface of the roll and then add hot chilli sauce to the top side and either mustard or horseradish to the bottom. I then add some rocket leave to both and set aside until the steak is cooked.

Once your steak has browned on the bottom, flip over and sprinkle on the grated cheese. Leave your steak to cook and the cheese to melt. You need to know how you like your steak done - rare, medium, well done, the choice is yours for the length of cooking.

Remove the steak from the griddle and allow to rest for a few minutes. Cut into thick slices and lay them across the rocket and the base of the bun. Top with the sliced gherkins and sun dried tomatoes. Pop the top on and serve.

Well, it didn't help Argentina win their game but it tasted darn good...... Next up an Australian and New Zealand final .... so Kangaroo burgers all the way....... why couldn't Wales have been in the final? I can make a mean welsh cake......

Have a great weekend
Love Lizx

 Steak Sandwich