A light yet absolutely delicious way to enjoy steak!
I'm writing this in January, when many people are trying to abstain from something or focus on their health (after eating their own body weight in cheese and chocolate over the holidays!) However stay with me, this isn't 'steak with mountains of chips and bearnaise sauce' steak, this is something different! This is everyone's favourite protein with all the enjoyment but not the calories. It's a quick and easy dish to make too - 30 minutes max.
We've found the Italian approach to steak quite different to that in the UK, or even France, where it's usually a very indulgent affair with the meat bathed in a rich sauce, blue cheese or peppercorn, for example. In our favourite local trattoria in Tuscany, the steak comes with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and a small wedge of lemon!
This recipe continues along those lines. The steak is fried or grilled quickly on each side, then sliced medium rare, and served with peppery rocket (arugula for our North American friends), salty Parmigiano and sweet Balsamico. The result is perfectly balanced and a delight to eat. Some fresh tomatoes sometimes also accompany the dish.
Why not give it a try? A Tuscan purist will probably tell me I need to use rib or sirloin, but buy a cut suitable to your taste and wallet. We used rump in our demo - it's got a great flavour, doesn't cost the earth and has a little extra texture, which I enjoy. The money you save from not buying a rib-eye or T-bone can be put towards buying organic to ease your conscious if, like us, you feel a tinge of guilt cooking with beef too often given the footprint and welfare considerations.
In the recipe below there's a little twist: It seems a shame to me to waste the cooking juices in the pan so in our version we add a little red wine to the mix with all the meaty tastiness in the pan once the steak is resting on the side. We reduce the wine a little, before adding the balsamic - this creates an even tastier dressing to pour over the beef and rocket.
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