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Steak with Red Wine & Mushroom Sauce

April 19, 2009

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(Photos in this post aren’t as vivid as usual because our good camera’s being serviced!)

Not wanting to waste my precious griddle, I decided to put it to work a few nights ago. Very exciting!

I’ve never cooked steak before (at least not properly), so I chose to make us some nice steaks with mashed potatoes and french beans.

Surprisingly, the whole process took only an hour, and my husband loved the product! The sauce we had was nice and light in its texture but full of flavour… And the steaks were nicely grilled. I love my new griddle! Yay!

Without anymore aplomb, here are the ingredients used and preparation process:

Steak with Red Wine & Mushroom Sauce

(along with some potatoes and french beans)

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INGREDIENTS (serves 2, ingredient portions are very flexible – really a matter of taste):

  • 2 steaks (I used NZ Scotch Fillets from Cold Storage this time. Very succulent.)
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 pack of french beans (100-150g?)
  • Seasoning for Mashed Potatoes:

  • 1-2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1-2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Marinade for Steak:

  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sauce for Steak:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp red cooking wine
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 100g white mushrooms, sliced
  • DIRECTIONS:

    (Marinade meat)
    1.Sprinkle garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper over both sides of the steaks. Massage into the meat. Leave aside.

    (Prepare mashed potatoes)
    2. Bring water to boil in a medium pot or saucepan.
    3. Add potatoes, boil for 18-20 minutes till soft.
    4. Remove from heat, mash in a big bowl. While potatoes are still hot, add butter, oregano and salt and continue mashing. Set aside. (I think most mashed potato recipes involve milk or cream to make the potatoes smooth and creamy, but in the interest of time and calorie-reduction I decided to skip over this.)
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    (Cook beans)
    5. Bring water in pot to a boil once more.
    6. Add french beans and cook for only a minute. Any longer and the beans will turn very pale and lose their crunch.
    7. Remove from pot and set aside.

    (Prepare steak sauce)
    8. Pour away water from the pot. Allow pot to cool for a few minutes.
    9. Melt butter over very low heat in the same pot.
    10. Add garlic and mushrooms and cook briefly over medium heat till mushrooms appear cooked.
    11. Lower heat to very low, and wait for a minute or so before adding red cooking wine and worcestershire sauce (if you find too much of the liquid vaporises because your pot is too hot, just add more of the wine and sauce).
    12. Keep sauce covered in pot over lowest heat setting.

    (Cooking the Steaks)
    13. Pour small amt of vegetable oil or butter onto griddle and heat till very hot. (If you don’t have a griddle a normal frying pan will do.)
    14. Add steaks and cook for 3-4 minutes on either side. (4 minutes will get the steaks to medium well if they are an average 1/2 inch thick. Scale up or down depending on the thickness of your steaks and how cooked you like them.)
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    (Serving)
    15. Arrange potatoes anyway you like (I put an eye-shaped clump on one side of the plate, and a flat bed of it on the other).
    16. Place the steak on the flat bed of potatoes. Pour the sauce over the steaks.
    17. Place the French beans wherever you like. And you’re done!

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