New York strip with blue cheese, sweet onion jam and warm potato salad with mustard vinaigrette

  • For the onion jam
  • 30ml bacon drippings
  • 3 sweet onions, peeled, halved, sliced 0.5cm thick
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chilli, finely diced
  • 120ml red wine
  • 60ml red wine vinegar
  • 30ml creme de cassis
  • 30ml grenadine
  • Honey, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 15g chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • For the warm potato salad with mustard vinaigrette
  • 1.2kg red new potatoes
  • 450g slab of streaky bacon, cut into lardons and cooked until golden brown and crisp, 30ml drippings reserved
  • 60ml red wine vinegar
  • 30g Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 60ml to 80ml olive oil
  • 10g roughly chopped basil leaves
  • 5g roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • For the griddled New York strip
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 5g finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Canola oil
  • 4 NY Strip steaks (360g) removed from the refrigerator 20 mins before griddling
  • 375g blue cheese (recommended: Cabrales), room temperature
  • 30 to 45ml double cream
  • Handful parsley sprigs
For the onion jam:
1) Heat griddle to high. Heat a cast iron skillet until hot, but not smoking. Add the drippings, heat, and then the onions, garlic, jalapeno, wine, vinegar, cassis, grenadine and salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid mixture is thickened and jam-like, about 20 mins. Taste and season with honey, salt and pepper. Stir in the parsley, transfer to a bowl and let cool to room temperature.

For the warm potato salad with mustard vinaigrette:
1) Put the potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with cold water and season with salt. Bring to a boil and cook until tender when pierced with a knife. Drain, let cool for a few minutes and quarter.

2) While the potatoes are cooking, whisk together the drippings, vinegar, mustard, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, and then stir in the chopped basil and parsley.

3) Add the warm potatoes and the bacon to the vinaigrette and gently fold to combine. Serve with the steak.

For the grilled New York strip:
1) Heat the griddle to high. Mix together the salt, pepper and thyme in a small bowl. Brush the steaks with oil on both sides and season with the salt mixture. Griddle steaks until golden brown and slightly charred on both sides and cooked to medium-rare doneness.

2) Just before the steaks are done, use a fork to mash the cheese with some of the cream, so that it is chunky but a bit creamy. Mound some on each steak, and let melt very briefly, so the steaks don't overcook. Remove to a platter and let rest 5 mins before serving. Top with parsley sprigs and serve.

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