Monday, 20 April 2015

Kangaroo Steak and Mango Salad Rolls

Sliced kangaroo steak is combined with mango salad and served on bread rolls

A few weeks ago, I discovered that my local Lidl (budget German supermarket) was selling kangaroo steaks. As they were only to be on offer in the short term, I bought a few packs for the freezer and over the course of the following week or two, defrosted them one at a time and created my own kangaroo recipes page online. I thought I would also share one of the dishes I came up with on this blog. I'm told that Lidl will be selling kangaroo again at some point in the future so if you want to look out for it - or perhaps buy kangaroo meat online - you may want to give this idea a go.

Baby potatoes ready for boiling

Ingredients (Serves One)

6 to 8 baby new potatoes
2 small kangaroo steaks (each about three ounces)
Salt and pepper
Vegetable oil for frying
3 or 4 fresh mango chunks (around half a small mango), sliced
1/2 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
Generous handful fresh watercress or other green salad leaf
2 soft bread rolls

Starting to fry kangaroo steaks


Put the potatoes in to a pot of salted cold water and bring to a simmer for about twenty to twenty-five minutes until just softened. Drain, allow to steam for a few minutes, cover and leave to cool completely.

Kangaroo steaks are turned in frying pan

Pour a couple of tablespoons or so of oil in to a non-stick frying pan and bring it up to a high heat. Kangaroo meat is very lean so like other lean meats, it has to be cooked very quickly at a high heat or very slowly at a low heat. It should also remain a little bit pink in the centre. I fried these steaks for two and a half mionutes each side but you could give them a little bit longer if desired. Do be very careful not to overcook them, however, or they will be incredibly tough.

Washing watercress salad

While the steaks are frying, you can wash the watercress through a colander and sit it aside to drain.

Fresh mango chunks and red onion

These mango chunks were actually bought like this in a small plastic tub from my local supermarket. I suppose at a push you could use canned mango chunks, provided they are in juice and not syrup.

Cooked and cooled potatoes are halved

Take the cooked kangaroo steaks from the frying pan and sit them on a plate to rest. Cut the potatoes in half and bring a deep pan of oil up to a fairly high heat.

Deep frying potato halves

Add the potatoes to the hot oil and fry for four or five minutes until golden and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper.

Combining mango salad ingredients

Add the mango and onion slices to a bowl with the watercress. Season and stir.

Sliced kangaroo steaks added to mango salad

Thinly slice the kangaroo steaks across the grain and add them to the salad. Carefully turn them through the mix with a large spoon.

Carefully turning kangaroo slices through mango salad

Cut the rolls in half. Lay the bottom halves on your serving plate and evenly divide the kangaroo and mango salad between the two. Put the tops on the rolls and plate the crispy potato halves alongside.

Kangaroo and mango salad is laid on roll bottom halves

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