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Do You Love Anyone Enough to Give Them ….. Steak and Chips?

It’s that time of year again – cue soft music, even softer lighting and panic-stricken card shoppers across Scotland – Valentine’s day. 

But given the option, there are many people out there who would forego the cards, flowers and chocolates for a night away from the cooker.  And so NFU Scotland and the ‘What’s on your plate?’ team are encouraging the romantics, and perhaps the not so romantics among you, to let your significant other put their feet up and relax while you prepare a delicious meal of Scottish steak and chips. 

The ‘What’s on your plate?’ campaign has been running for three years now, and encourages us all to support local farmers and producers by choosing to eat Scottish food where possible.

And it’s easier than you think!  Chefs are always telling us that half the battle with cooking is getting fresh ingredients.  So look no further - Scotland has an incredible reputation for producing beef and by looking out for the Scotch beef label when you buy, you’re onto a winning combination of guaranteed quality and fantastic taste. 

Scottish potatoes are available all year round too, and can be cooked in a variety of ways depending on what you fancy.  Below is a recipe for homemade chips, which are very easy to cook and taste great. Why not give Scottish steak and chips a try this Valentine’s day. 

NOTES TO EDITORS

A sample recipe for cooking Scottish steak and chips is given below:

For the chips

  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A generous pinch chilli flakes or curry powder

For the steak

  • 2 sirloin steaks (approx 200g-250g each)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 15g butter

1. To make the chips: preheat the oven to 220C/ Gas 7.  Cut the potatoes into wedges about 1cm thick and boil in salted water for about 3 minutes.

2.  Drain potatoes in a colander and place the colander over the pan, off the heat, to allow wedges to dry further.  Season to taste, adding the chilli flakes or curry powder, and toss in oil.

3. Put the wedges onto a large backing try, ensuring they are spread evenly.  Cook in the over for approx 30 mins, or until they are golden brown and crisp.  Give the tray a shake a couple of times during cooking to ensure they cook evenly.

4.  To cook the steak, place a non-stick frying pan over a high heat and leave until smoking hot.

5. Season the steaks and add the oil to the frying pan.

6. Place the steaks in the frying pan.  Tilt the pan away from you so the fat is touching the side of the pan, this will make sure the fat is cooked and golden.  Shake the pan to make sure they aren’t sticking.  Fry for 3 minutes on one side, then using tongs turn the steaks and fry for 2 further minutes.  Add the butter to the pan and spoon the melted butter over the steaks to baste.  Remove.  Steaks cooked this way will be medium-rare; if you prefer your steak well done then leave it in the pan for a further minute or so. 

7.      Leave the meat to one side to rest for a couple of minutes while you remove the chips from the oven and plate up.  Serve the steak with some of the juices from the pan for extra flavour and add a generous heap of fresh salad.

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Contact Wendy Irwin on 0131 472 4020

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