These open steak sandwiches are ready in a flash and make for a substantial and easy meal
- 1 large steak, such as sirloin, rib-eye or rump
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 ciabatta bread roll, halved
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- handful watercress
- 50g Stilton
- splash balsamic vinegar
MethodRub the steak with the olive oil, season, then cook for 2-4 mins on each side or until done to your liking. Put the steak on a plate to rest.
- 140g artichoke in olive oil, drained
- pinch of chilli flakes
- small handful mint leaves
- zest ½ lemon
- 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
- 2 large or 4 small slices of crusty bread
- 1 garlic clove, sliced
- 50g pecorino, thinly sliced (or vegetarian alternative)
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Halve or quarter the artichokes, if whole, and put them in a bowl with the chilli flakes, mint, zest and oil. Season lightly with salt and set aside.
- Put the bread on a baking sheet and scatter over the garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and season with sea salt. Bake for 10 mins, or until golden and crisp. Set aside to cool.
- Fold the pecorino through the marinated artichokes and spoon over the garlic bruschetta just before eating.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 140g pack cubed pancetta
- 1kg braising steak, cubed
- 4 tbsp plain flour
- 1 bottle red wine or 750ml beef stock
- 4 thyme sprigs
- 600g whole shallots
- 2 tbsp redcurrant or cranberry jelly
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 egg yolk
- 350g plain flour
- 1 tbsp English mustard powder
- 200g butter, frozen
- Heat half the olive oil in a large pan and cook the pancetta for a few mins until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Dust the steak with the flour, then brown in the hot pancetta oil – to stop the pan getting overcrowded, do this in two batches. Return all the steak to the pan along with the pancetta.
- Add the wine and thyme and bring to the boil. Partially cover with a lid, leaving a gap of about 1cm, and simmer for 2 hrs until the meat is tender, stirring from time to time, and once the sauce has thickened and reduced a little, cover the pan completely.
- Meanwhile, heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the remaining olive oil and the shallots together. Spread out on a baking sheet and roast for 45 mins until soft and golden brown.
- To make the pastry crust, sift the flour and mustard into a large bowl, then coarsely grate in the frozen butter. Drizzle over 6-8 tbsp cold water and taking care not to over-handle it, lightly bring together to make a firm dough. Wrap and chill for 30 mins.
- Stir the roasted shallots, jelly and vinegar into the beef and season, then spoon into a 2-litre pie dish. Raise the oven temp to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
- Roll out the pastry and lay over the filling – it’s a good idea to use a pie funnel to support the pastry and prevent it going soggy in the centre, but it’s not essential. Mix the egg yolk with a little salt, then brush over the top of the pastry. Bake for 30 mins or until the pastry is crisp and golden and the filling is hot right the way through.
- 200g lamb's kidneys, halved
- 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 thyme sprigs
- 600g lean stewing steak, cut into chunks
- 100ml red wine
- 2 tsp tomato purée
- 1 tsp English mustard powder
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 4 flat mushrooms, quartered or halved if small
- 3 tbsp chopped parsley
- 140g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1 tsp thyme leaves (optional)
- 25g very cold (or frozen) butter
- 4 tbsp 2% fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- Cut out and discard the thin tubes from the kidneys. Rinse the kidneys in cold water until the water runs clear, then chop them into small pieces. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or deep sauté pan. Add the onions, bay and thyme sprigs and fry over a medium heat for 8-10 mins until the onions are really golden, stirring often. Put the kettle on.
- Add the steak and kidney to the pan and stir-fry briefly, just until it loses its pink colour. Turn up the heat, pour in the wine, stir to deglaze the bottom of the pan, then let it boil over a high heat for 2-3 mins until reduced and absorbed into the meat. Stir in the tomato purée and mustard powder. Sift in the flour, stirring, then stir for a couple of mins. Pour in 400ml boiling water and continue stirring until the mixture starts to boil and is thickened. Tip in the carrot and both mushrooms, reduce the heat, cover with a lid, then leave to simmer gently for about 1 hr, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and simmer another 25-30 mins or until the meat is very tender and the gravy has thickened slightly.
- Remove from the heat and remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Stir in the parsley, season to taste, then transfer to a pie or ovenproof dish (22-23cm in diameter, 6cm deep, 1.7-litre capacity or similar), then leave to cool slightly. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
- While the meat is cooling, make the pastry. Put the flour, and thyme if using, into a bowl. Grate in the cold or frozen butter, make a well in the centre, then add the yogurt, olive oil, a pinch of salt and a good grinding of black pepper. Using a round-bladed knife, mix together with 2 tsp cold water, then gently gather together with your hands to form a dough. Remove from the bowl and knead briefly until smooth.
- Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface so it’s slightly bigger than the top of the pie dish. Lay the pastry over the meat and trim the edges with scissors so it slightly overhangs the edge of the dish. Make 2 small slits in the centre. Flute the edges, then roll out the trimmings and cut out 6 diamond-shaped leaves. Dampen one side and lay them on the pastry lid. Place the dish on a baking sheet, then bake in the oven for about 25 mins or until the pastry is golden.