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Italian-style steak

publication date: Apr 12, 2011
author/source: Fiona Beckett
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Serves 1
Time: about 3/4 hour (including marinating time)
Cost: about £2-£2.50

1 x 200g rump or sirloin steak
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil + extra for serving
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice + extra for serving
1 clove of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
Salt and ground black pepper.

Put the steak on a chopping board and trim off the excess fat round the edge. Place a sheet of cling film or foil over the top and bash with a rolling pin or the side of a tin to flatten and tenderise the steak. Mix the oil and lemon juice on a plate or shallow dish and add the sliced garlic. Place the steak in the marinade and turn over so that both sides are coated with the oil and lemon juice. Cover and leave for at least half an hour.

Heat a dry frying pan* until hot (about 1 1/2 - 2 minutes). Take the steak out of the marinade, scraping off the garlic slices and pat dry with kitchen towel. Place the steak in the pan, cook for 1 1/2 minutes then turn over and cook for another minute. Remove from the pan and set aside on a warm plate. Lightly cover with foil and leave for 3-4 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice and a little extra olive oil. Serve with a salad and some sautéed potatoes*


* this results in a medium-rare steak. If you want your steak done longer cook for an extra minute each side

* the best type of pan to cook a steak in is a ridged cast iron pan which you can heat till almost smoking. This gives the steak a barbecued effect. You can find them at a reasonable price in, bigger supermarkets, department stores like John Lewis and Debenhams (especially at sale time) or IKEA if you have one nearby.

* Assuming you want this to be a quick meal I'd buy some ready-prepared frozen sauté potatoes and fry them in a separate pan or a wok, draining them well before serving them


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