Saturday, 7 March 2015

Steak and Homemade Chips.

As much as I am adventurous with the food that I eat, I can quickly get myself into weekly cycles. Spaghetti Carbonara once featured, alongside, meat curries cooked in coconut milk, sticky ribs and this dish, steak and homemade chips in my weekly food cycles. Come to think about it, I eat this dish mainly on a Friday  evening, shunning the traditional fish and chips and instead opting for this beautiful upgrade on the meat and potato classic. My favourite cut for a steak is sirloin, but I have become fond of the rump steak of late, which is what is featured in this dish. The key to making this dish work, is all in the preparation, ideally overnight or in the morning (for those of us who have to go to work), but for those who are pressed on time, my method shared in this post, is what I have used when I haven't had the chance to prepare beforehand. I like to mix the potatoes and use a combination of white waxy potatoes with sweet potatoes; I love the contrast with each bite. I prefer to cook my chips in the oven as this is healthier than the traditional fried chips and so I do not feel guilty with eating a cave man portion. Now, with something as indulgent as a steak, perhaps this should have been served with a traditional Bearnaise sauce, but I served mine with ketchup and mayonnaise: classy. 
Here is how my Steak and Homemade Chips turned out:
Steak and Homemade Chips.
Serves 2 
2 rump steaks (around 200g).
1 teaspoon sea salt.
1 teaspoon black peppercorn.
1 teaspoon paprika.
2 tablespoon olive oil.

For the Homemade Chips
2 white potatoes, peeled, washed and cut, resembling chunky chips. 
1 sweet potato, peeled, washed and cut, resembling chunky chips. 
1 tablespoon paprika.
1 teaspoon sea sat.
1 teaspoon mixed herbs.
3 tablespoon vegetable oil.

Preheat the oven on gas mark 6. Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl, add the seasoning and ensure everything is fully in-cooperated. Meanwhile, place 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in an oven dish and place the dish in the oven for around 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the oven dish and add the potatoes (be careful the oil is hot!) cook in the oven for 45 minutes, turning the chips over midway. Whilst the chips are cooking, Season the steak with the spices and leave to marinade for 30 minutes. 10 minutes before removing the chips from the oven, heat a griddle pan on the stove, add the vegetable oil and cook each rump steak for 4 minutes each side (if you like it coked medium). Transfer the rump steaks on a plate and leave to rest for 3 minutes. Remove the chips from the oven and plate up the steak with the chips, add a dollop of ketchup, mayo (or sauteed spinach) and enjoy.


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