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Flash fried steak with mushroom ketchup

Posted on March 5, 2014

If you love that retro flavour of mushroom ketchup, guess what? You can make your own. Its quite simple to do and the blend of Portobello mushrooms, vinegar and anchovies give it a special, unique flavour. Its unbeatable shaken over steak.


For the mushroom ketchup

  • 50g/1¾oz unsalted butter
  • 1½ shallots, finely chopped
  • 4 Portobello mushroom, pulsed in food processor
  • 125g/4½oz demerara sugar
  • 100g/3½oz white wine vinegar
  • 500ml/18fl oz double cream
  • 2 anchovies

For the flash fried steak

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 x 250g/9oz tail fillet steaks, flattened to 1cm/½in thick
  • table salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • knob butter

To serve

  • 1 bunch watercress, picked and washed
  • crispy shallot rings

How To Prepare

For the mushroom ketchup, heat a frying pan and add the butter. Once melted, fry the shallots for a few minutes. Add the blended mushrooms and fry until soft.
Add the sugar and vinegar and cook until the volume of liquid has reduced then add cream and reduce again. Blend in a food processor with the anchovies then pass through a sieve. Keep in the fridge until needed.
For the flash fried steak, in a large very hot frying pan, add a little oil. Once hot, season the steaks with the salt and black pepper.
Add a knob of butter to the pan and then add the steak. Cook for 30-40 seconds one side and then 20 seconds on the other side.
Let the steaks rest for two minutes and then slice.

To serve, serve the sliced steak with the mushroom ketchup, watercress and shallot rings.

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