Rare seared sirloin steak slivers with feta, charred lettuce and charred cucumber
If you're thinking of going in for our Le Creuset competition this month you may have been tempted by the rather gorgeous-looking cast iron square grill.
Well here's something delicious to cook on it from best-selling author Sabrina Ghayour
Sabrina writes: Although essentially a salad, this dish has great flavour and texture making it so much more than just a salad. Juicy steak slivers mingled with charred cucumbers, lettuce halves and salty feta, make this dish an indulgent yet virtuous pleasure to eat. The dressing finishes the dish off beautifully with a little chilli kick.
You can also make wonderful sandwiches using toasted pitta bread or warmed baguettes.
Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cooking time: Approx. 5 minutes
600g-800g sirloin steak
2 teaspoons of coarse black pepper
2 tablespoons of rose harissa
50g fresh rocket leaves
200g feta cheese, crumbled
1 whole cucumber, quartered lengthways and cut into 3 inch fingers
4 gem lettuce hearts, halved
Maldon sea salt and black pepper to taste
For the sauce (blitz the ingredients below with a hand/stick blender)
2 teaspoons of toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon of olive oil
½ packet of fresh coriander
½ packet of fresh mint, leaves picked
1 teaspoon of chilli flakes
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
1 tablespoon of cold water
1. Marinate the steak with the black pepper, harissa and a little olive oil and massage into the meat.
2. Brush the cucumber and lettuce pieces with olive oil.
3. Pre-heat the grill on a low to medium heat. Test the temperature of the pan (see Cook's Notes below) and when hot enough add the cucumber and lettuce for a minute or so until they begin to char. The lettuce will take less time as it is more delicate and needs only to be charred on the cut side. Once done, remove from the pan and set aside.
4. Remove the steak from the marinade and pat dry with kitchen paper. Test the temperature of the grill again and, if hot enough, begin searing the steak.
5. Sear the steak on both sides for about 2-3 minutes on each, or more if you wish to cook for longer (see Cook's Note below). Remove from the grill and allow to rest so the juices flow back through the meat to ensure it stays moist and juicy.
The recipe works equally well with chargrilled chicken breasts or pork escalopes.
- To check if the grill is hot enough add a few drops of cold water to the hot surface. If it sizzles and the water evaporates almost immediately, it is hot enough and ready for use. If the water produces steam and has no sizzle, heat the pan for a little longer and repeat the test again.
- You can check to see how the meat is cooked by pressing it with your finger; if there is a lot of bounce, then the meat is very rare. The less bounce you have, the more the meat is cooked. You are looking for the meat to have a bit of bounce in order to be rare. Cook for longer if you don’t want the meat rare.
- Do not heat the empty grill for more than two minutes to avoid overheating
What to drink: As the dressing has quite a kick I'd go for a juicy red that can handle a bit of spice, like a Chilean carmenère or a young rioja. You could also drink a strong dry rosé.
You can find more of Sabrina's recipe on the Le Creuset website
Got other ideas? Do email your favourite pairings to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To subscribe to our free monthly newsletter and be eligible to enter our fabulous prize draws click here or to get notice of posts as soon as they're published click here.