Pan-fried steak with a Chianti butter sauce and olive oil mash

I made this for myself for dinner last night. It’s a little bit treaty but I was feeling in the mood to pamper myself a bit! It’s a Jamie Oliver recipe from his Cook with Jamie book. I find his on-screen persona really quite irritating but I can’t deny he does have some delicious recipes. This one is particularly tasty and easy to do.

Serves 1 (double it for two – two steaks, twice as much potato, large glass of wine, and so on. Really easy!)


For the mash:

250g of potatoes, peeled and halved
sea salt and freshly ground
black pepper
olive oil
2 teaspoons of grated Parmesan or Gran Padano
Knob of butter

1 x 250-300g Rib-eye steak (the original recipe says sirloin, but I do love rib-eye.)
black pepper
olive oil
2 knobs of butter
2 shallots or I small red onion, peeled and finely diced
1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves
1 glass of Chianti (I actually used a Cabernet Shiraz and that worked just as well.)
Good-quality olive oil


Put the potatoes into a large pan of salted water, bring to the boil and simmer until soft and tender. Drain them in a colander and allow them to sit for 4 minutes to steam away any excess moisture. Return the potatoes to the pan and mash them up, stirring in a large glug of olive oil, the Parmesan and butter. Season to taste.

Season your steaks and brush them with olive oil.

Whilst the potatoes are cooking heat a heavy frying pan.
Using a pair of tongs, hold the steak fatty-edge down in the frying pan to render and colour the fat. When the fat is golden, fry the steak for 6-8 minutes in total, turning every minute. Remove from the pan to rest.
Turn the heat down and add a knob of butter to the pan. Fry your shallots and thyme for 4 minutes, then add the wine and reduce by half.

Pour in the resting juices from the meat. Add the 2 remaining knobs of butter and take the pan off the heat. Stir around to emulsify and make a really simple red wine sauce.

Season and then pour over the steak to serve.
I served this with a few sprigs of watercress and some roasted asparagus and vine cherry tomatoes



About neilche

Hi. My name's Neil. I live in Brighton with my flatmate (also Neil) and I work as a Librarian at a local college. I like cooking, eating and socialising with friends. Which is what prompted me to start this blog. I cycle everywhere around town - it helps to work off the calories!
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