Saturday, 29 August 2009

Healthy Steak, Egg and Chips

What does the meal described as, "Steak, Egg and Chips," conjure up in your mind? Does it cast up images of a greasy fried egg, a cremated steak and chips (french fries) fried in saturated animal fat? I am sure it will for many but this is a healthy steak, egg and chips recipe and below I have described how to make it in detail.


1 fillet or sirloin steak
1 large potato (unpeeled)
1 egg
4 small closed cup mushrooms (halved)
1 clove of garlic (crushed or very finely chopped)
1 tsp chopped coriander (cilantro) or basil for garnish
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sunflower oil (plus a little more for frying the steak)
Generous splash of white wine vinegar


Put the oven on to preheat to 400F/200C/Gas Mark 6 with a large baking sheet inside. Slice and then chop the potato in to chips (large french fries.) Put the tablespoon of sunflower oil in to a large bowl and season with salt. Add the chips and stir them around carefully to ensure even coating. Place the chips on to the hot baking sheet and in to the oven for thirty minutes, taking the tray out and giving it a gentle shake around every ten minutes.

When the chips have been on for around twenty minutes, put a large pan of water on to boil for poaching the egg. Add a little sunflower oil to a non-stick frying pan and bring it up to a high heat. Fry the steak for a minute or two each side (depending upon thickness and preference) at the highest heat possible before removing the pan from the heat and setting it aside for the steak to rest.

Break the egg in to a small cup or bowl, careful not to damage the yolk. Add the white wine vinegar to the boiling water and stir reasonably quickly to create a whirlpool effect. Stop stirring and quickly deposit the egg in the centre of the whirlpool. Reduce the heat until the water is gently simmering and poach for three or four minutes.

Add the olive oil to a small non-stick saucepan. Bring up to a medium heat and add the garlic, then after about thirty seconds the mushrooms, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Cook for two minutes.

Remove the chips from the oven and put them on to a plate, followed by the rested steak. Remove the poached egg from the liquid with a slotted spoon and allow to dry well before sitting it atop the steak. Add the garlic mushrooms to the plate, garnish the egg with the fresh herb and serve.

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