Steaks are quite the specialty I suppose when you come to Europe. Yet, eating steak in a restaurant can be costly. And I'm sure at one point in time, you yourself wanted to know what goes into the sauce to make it look so good and taste so scrumptious!!! I had one of those cravings for steak but lacking the money. Knowing I hard a huge load of ingredients to make the perfect sauce (in my books that is), so I figured, lets cook steak!
So what is required?
1 packet pre-sliced sirloin steaks from your local supermarket (contained 4, use 2 depending on size)
1 dollop / 1 1/2 tsp of whole grain mustard
1 slug / 2 tbsps of red wine (any kind)
1 tbsp of pancetta / diced bacon
4 to 5 mushrooms
2 garlic cloves - finely diced
whole red pepper
freshly ground black pepper
- prepare your steaks with the freshly ground black pepper and salt. Set aside.
- Next heat up your griddle and add 2 tbsp of normal olive oil. When pan is hot enough, place steaks in. Cook each side around 2 to 3 minutes to allow for a pink middle but no blood running through.
- Remove steaks from griddle and set aside. With left over juices from the steaks, add the pancetta and garlic and fry them up. The oil from the pancetta will add fragrance and taste to the sauce.
- Quickly add in the mustard and red wine. Stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon. When boiling, add in the whole red peppers (slightly crush them if you prefer them so), mushrooms, salt and pepper to taste.
- Once sauce has reduced, remove from fire and pour over steaks. Serve with a side salad and some bread if you like.
You can also serve it with mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables or any side dish that you prefer. The sauce can taste a tad sour due to the red wine. So to counter the sourness, add a bid of honey and it'll sweeten the sauce to the right taste.
I had a fantastic lunch that's for sure. And having only spent a good 30 minutes including preparation in the kitchen, this is one dish that is sure to vet your appetite.
Having fun in the kitchen,
The Innovative Baker