If you are looking a quick and easy recipe for a special celebration with ultimate wow factor, steak bearnaise is the one you need.
Steak frites is a classic French bistro dish. Serve it with a delicious buttery tarragon-flavoured bearnaise sauce and some pan fried greens on the side and you’ve got the makings of a wonderful meal that you can whip up with very little effort. Both the steaks and the sauce take only minutes to cook, side by side on the hob, and the frites can be done in the oven without any hassle at all.
This probably my desert island dish – it’s so good.
What you need
3 egg yolks
150ml butter (150g)
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp dried tarragon
2 steaks (rump or sirloin are good)
2 baking potatoes
2oz grated cheddar cheese
1 red chilli, sliced finely into rings
a handful of fresh oregano
What to do
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
Cut the potatoes into thin sticks (skin on) and lay in a single layer in a roasting tin. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat. Bake for 25 minutes, turning half way until golden and crispy. Sprinkle over the cheese and sliced chilli and bake for another 5 minutes until the cheese has melted. Finish with a sprinkle of fresh herbs
Heat some oil in a pan, season the steaks with salt and pepper and pan fry for 5 minutes on each side until golden. I cut into the end of the steak with a sharp knife to see how well done it is inside (because I can’t stand a bloody steak but you can do it to your liking).
Quarter fill a small saucepan with boiling water, place a heatproof bowl over the top and get the water simmering gently. Add the egg yolks, vinegar, tarragon and butter to the bowl and whisk for a few minutes until the butter has melted and the sauce has thickened. Turn off the heat. The sauce will happily keep warm over the pan of water until the steaks are ready.
Serve the steak with the frites and a drizzle of sauce on top. You can do pan fried greens or a simple green salad to go with it.
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