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Silver and Green kindly sent me a hamper full of their wonderful produce a few weeks ago. This recipe uses two of their ingredients, their delicious sundried tomatoes with grana padano cheese from Tuscany and sea salt with chilli and cracked pepper.

I really love steak. It’s quick to make and works well with a range of flavours. This recipe pairs the tangyness of the parsley and sun dried tomato salsa with the subtle warmth of the steak.

SteakSalt and Chilli Crusted Steak with Sundried Tomato Salsa

  • Take the steak out of the fridge and leave on the counter for 10 minutes or so to bring up to room temperature
  • Drizzle a bit of olive oil on the steaks and massage in on both sides. Add the sea salt chilli flakes and repeat
  • In the meantime, heat a frying pan on very high heat. Once really hot add the steaks to the pan. For a steak one inch thick I would recommend a minute on each side for a medium-rare finish
  • Take out and leave to rest for 7-10 minutes covered with foil
  • Meanwhile to make the salsa chop up 75g of parsley and add to a bowl along with two garlic cloves crushed with a garlic press and a squeeze of lemon. Taste and adjust as needed
  • Once the steak has rested, plate up, adding the sundried tomatoes to the salsa bed

Steak RecipeI am often asked what’s my secret for cooking steak. This can be boiled down to five ‘rules’.

  • Make sure the frying pan is very hot and that it’s the right size (enough for the steak to sit comfortably but not so big it can start doing laps)
  • Never oil the frying pan – instead oil and season the steak
  • Be disciplined with the timing.  I have an inability to correctly guess time duration and so I use an egg timer.
  • And don’t touch/harass while it’s cooking. For me, this is one of the hardest things, I am a stirrer – I find it impossible not to stir, prod, fork my food while its cooking. This is a great trait for cooking risotto but not for steak!
  • Let it rest! This is one of the most important stages for cooking steak. Give it time to relax and it will reward you with a more flavoursome, tender and juicy steak