Best chargrilled steak

Chargrilled Steak

Serves 4

  • For the salsa verde

  • 1½-2 cloves of garlic, peeled

  • 1 small handful of capers

  • 1 small handful of gherkins pickled in sweet vinegar

  • 6 anchovy fillets

  • 2 large handfuls of flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked

  • 1 bunch of fresh basil, leaves picked

  • 1 handful of fresh mint, leaves picked

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 8 tablespoons really good extra virgin olive oil

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • For the steak

  • 1 large bunch of fresh lemon thyme or thyme

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 1 anchovy fillet

  • zest of 1 lemon

  • 10 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 4 x 175 g quality fillet or sirloin steaks

  • 4 rashers higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon

  • 8 medium large Portobello or other flat mushroom

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

For the salsa verde:

Finely chop the garlic, capers, gherkins, anchovies and herbs and put them into a bowl. Add the mustard and vinegar, then slowly stir in the olive oil until you achieve the right consistency. Balance the flavours with freshly ground black pepper, a bit of salt and maybe a little more vinegar.



Tie up the stalk ends of your bunch of thyme, place the leafy ends in a pestle and mortar and give it a good bash. This will remove the tasty leaves and leave you with what looks like a miniature broom. Put this to one side. Add your garlic, anchovy fillet and lemon zest to the mortar. Bash to a paste and stir in your olive oil.



Your fillet steaks should be about 2.5cm thick. Wrap a piece of bacon around each steak (this gives them a really good flavour) and secure loosely with a piece of string. Peel the mushroom skins off, which only takes a second and helps them absorb the marinade. Brush the steaks and mushrooms with some of your flavoured thyme oil, keeping the rest for the cooking.



Try to become instinctive about cooking basic things like steaks and to understand heat, sizes and cuts of meat. Chefs test their meat by the way it looks and the resistance it gives when squeezed. Preheat your griddle pan or barbecue until really hot. I don't want to give you a specific time to cook them, as your steaks may be thicker or thinner than the ones I'm using. Whether using fillets or sirloins, I cook mine for roughly 3 or 4 minutes each side and let them rest for a couple of minutes to give me a medium-cooked steak – you can do them for a little more or less time to your preference.



Season the meat on both sides and place on the griddle pan with your mushrooms. Turn every minute, and brush each time with your thyme oil brush. The mushrooms will be cooked after about 6 minutes and should be soft to the touch – cooking them this way means they don't go all soggy but they do have an intense meaty flavour. Once the beef is cooked to your liking, remove the string, divide the steaks between 4 warmed plates with your mushrooms, allow to rest for 2 minutes and put a big dollop of salsa verde over the top.

Nutritional Information

Best chargrilled steak

Wrapped in bacon with mushrooms and homemade salsa verde

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If you love your weekly steak, here's a great way to take it up a few notches. The combination of thyme, beef and mushrooms with the salsa verde is so so good and can't be beaten.

For the salsa verde:
Finely chop the garlic, capers, gherkins, anchovies and herbs and put them into a bowl. Add the mustard and vinegar, then slowly stir in the olive oil until you achieve the right consistency. Balance the flavours with freshly ground black pepper, a bit of salt and maybe a little more vinegar.

Tie up the stalk ends of your bunch of thyme, place the leafy ends in a pestle and mortar and give it a good bash. This will remove the tasty leaves and leave you with what looks like a miniature broom. Put this to one side. Add your garlic, anchovy fillet and lemon zest to the mortar. Bash to a paste and stir in your olive oil.

Your fillet steaks should be about 2.5cm thick. Wrap a piece of bacon around each steak (this gives them a really good flavour) and secure loosely with a piece of string. Peel the mushroom skins off, which only takes a second and helps them absorb the marinade. Brush the steaks and mushrooms with some of your flavoured thyme oil, keeping the rest for the cooking.

Try to become instinctive about cooking basic things like steaks and to understand heat, sizes and cuts of meat. Chefs test their meat by the way it looks and the resistance it gives when squeezed. Preheat your griddle pan or barbecue until really hot. I don't want to give you a specific time to cook them, as your steaks may be thicker or thinner than the ones I'm using. Whether using fillets or sirloins, I cook mine for roughly 3 or 4 minutes each side and let them rest for a couple of minutes to give me a medium-cooked steak – you can do them for a little more or less time to your preference.

Season the meat on both sides and place on the griddle pan with your mushrooms. Turn every minute, and brush each time with your thyme oil brush. The mushrooms will be cooked after about 6 minutes and should be soft to the touch – cooking them this way means they don't go all soggy but they do have an intense meaty flavour. Once the beef is cooked to your liking, remove the string, divide the steaks between 4 warmed plates with your mushrooms, allow to rest for 2 minutes and put a big dollop of salsa verde over the top.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 604
    30%
  • Carbs 5.9g
    2%
  • Sugar 2.7g 3%
  • Fat 45.3g 65%
  • Saturates 9.9g 50%
  • Protein 41.5g 92%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • For the salsa verde

  • 1½-2 cloves of garlic, peeled

  • 1 small handful of capers

  • 1 small handful of gherkins pickled in sweet vinegar

  • 6 anchovy fillets

  • 2 large handfuls of flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked

  • 1 bunch of fresh basil, leaves picked

  • 1 handful of fresh mint, leaves picked

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 8 tablespoons really good extra virgin olive oil

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • For the steak

  • 1 large bunch of fresh lemon thyme or thyme

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 1 anchovy fillet

  • zest of 1 lemon

  • 10 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 4 x 175 g quality fillet or sirloin steaks

  • 4 rashers higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon

  • 8 medium large Portobello or other flat mushroom

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper