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The perfect meal! Steak & frites with a green salad πŸ’š

June 17, 2015

 This meal of a perfectly cooked steak with a side of thinly cut golden frites, and a bowl of green salad has got to be one of my all time favourite meals. After our trip to Paris I have fallen in love with this simple yet totally filling and delicious dish.

The secret to getting tender juicy steak everytime is in the marinade. I always marinate my steaks the night before. What happens when meat or chicken is marinated is that the meat is tenderised by the oil and given flavour through the herbs and spices you add.

Another great tip which I learnt from my mother is always let the steak rest before and after cooking. Before you cook your steak take your meat out of the fridge at least 1 hour before, and just let it rest at room temperature. Cooking meat straight from the fridge will give you very tough results. The same goes for once the steak has been cooked, before serving let it rest for 5-10minutes. 

Remember that cooking is an art! It may sound complicated now but once you start getting super soft succulent steaks every time that your family and guests adore, the art will become a routine to you, and come so easily.

Another important factor is the quality of your ingredients. You need good quality steak. Buy your bulk standard brand goods in the more economical supermarkets, but when it comes to fruit, vegetables, fish & meat please try to buy from the best. In life you definitely get what you pay for.

Ingredients – (enough for four)

– 4 thinly cut sirloin steaks (for pan frying)

For the marinade-

– 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

– Ground black pepper (no salt as salt can toughen meat)

Method –

– The night before. Place your steaks in a glass bowl. Pour on the olive oil and mix until all the steaks have been covered in the thick golden liquid. Sprinkle on generous amounts of ground black pepper.

On the day –

– Take the steaks out of the fridge and leave to rest for up to an hour at room temperature.

– In a generously sized frying pan place 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of butter. The oil will prevent the butter from burning.

– On a medium heat fry your steaks taking care to turn over and cook the either side. 

– Depending on how you like your steak cooked these are the timings to stick to, these times are based on cooking a thin 2 cm steak, if the steak is thicker the times will increase.

Rare steak – 11/2 minutes per side

Medium – 2 minutes per side

Well done – 3-4 minutes per side

– Once cooked leave to rest for a few minutes before serving. 

Serve with thinly cut frites and a nice green salad! Don’t forget a nice big spoonful of Dijon mustard!

Bon appetite, as they say in Paris!

  1. Thanks for sharing. =] when things are kept simple, they sing the loudest. rather than masking the flavours behind too many things.
    i enjoyed your post
    Also, please do check out my food-review blog too with posts which you may find interesting at =]
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    Bon Appetit! =]

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