This isn’t just any Steak and Salsa Verde recipe, this is a 100% traceable beef steak and salsa verde recipe, all thanks to Marks and Spencer!
In recent years, there’s been more and more worry and problems arising in regards to where our food *really* comes from. So it’s great to see Marks and Spencer take a step forward with their 100% traceable beef campaign – meaning that they can trace their beef right back to the farm and exact cow the beef came from.
Plus, all M&S beef is British too which is fab. No big carbon footprint is another huge plus side and another great reason to support this campaign.
“From corned beef to fillet steak, every single piece of beef that M&S sells has two things in common – it can be traced back to the farm and animal it came from AND it is British.” – Marks and Spencer beef traceability press release.
Marks and Spencer are the only national retailer in the UK that can trace its beef right back to the farm and animal it came from.
So today, as part of their 100% traceable beef campaign, I’m providing you with this lovely Steak and Salsa Verde recipe by Marks and Spencer, taken from their “Adventures in Food” recipe inspiration section on their website.
2 British rib-eye steaks (approx 190g each), at room temperature
Olive oil for brushing
M&S thin and crispy fries, to serve
For the salsa verde:
½ x 25g pack flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped
½ x 25g pack basil, leaves picked and chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
3 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
2 tsp capers, drained and chopped
½ tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp red wine vinegar
Pinch caster sugar
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- To make the salsa verde, combine all the ingredients and season with black pepper (you might not need salt as the anchovies are salty). Set aside.
- Heat a griddle pan until very hot. Meanwhile, pat the steaks dry with kitchen paper, brush them lightly with oil and season on both sides.
- Lay the steaks on the griddle pan and press them down gently with a spatula or tongs.
Don’t be tempted to move the steaks until you are ready to turn them over. Cook each side for 1 minute 30 seconds for rare, 2 minutes for medium rare, 2 minutes 15 seconds for medium and 3 minutes for well done.
- Remove the steaks from the pan and place them on a clean board. Cover loosely with foil and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Serve with a good spoonful of salsa verde and a helping of fries on the side.
We mixed things up a little by using balsamic vinegar instead of red wine vinegar, a little more salt instead of anchovies – and then paired our steaks up with sweet potato fries and a cooked up beef tomato. So don’t feel you have to stick 100% to recipe, make it your own!
This recipe was absolutely gorgeous! The steaks were fantastic quality, just perfect. We’d never tried salsa verde with steak before, but we’re now big fans of enjoying it this way. Salsa verde converts for sure! The flavours from the brilliant ingredients (capers, Dijon mustard, vinegar, etc…) really complimented the steak. I urge you to give it a whirl.
We can’t wait to try out different versions of the salsa verde going forwards too!
Marks and Spencer also provided us with a bottle of their Summer Cup alcoholic drink…doesn’t the bottle look great? Ingredients include…gin, cucumber, melon, spices, lemon peel and a hint of earl grey tea.
It has a bit of a minty-type taste to it, which isn’t usually something I’d go for. However, this wasn’t too overpowering and the more I drank of it the more it grew on me. It’s certainly a refreshing drink you can keep enjoying glass after glass of. If you love fresh martini/gin style drinks (like my other half Ian who loved this), then I think you’ll love it. I think it could make a really good bottle to grab for those BBQ parties this summer!
Let me know if you give this recipe a go!
A big thank you to Marks and Spencer for letting me be a part of their brilliant 100% traceable beef campaign, it’s fantastic that they truly know where their beef has come from. Let’s hope more retailers in the UK and worldwide follow suit.
Want more foodie inspo? You can find a whole host of recipes over on their “Adventures in Food” blog section: www.marksandspencer.com/s/food-to-order/adventures-in-food
*Marks and Spencer provided us with the ingredients for this recipe as well as the Summer Cup drink to enjoy with it, but as always my thoughts are most definitely my own.