- 250g parsnips
- 250g potatoes
- 12g dried porcini mushrooms
- 2 rump minute steaks
- 2 shallots
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- ½ x 200g crème fraîche
- A handful of flat leaf parsley
- 1 lettuce
- 1½ tbsp + 4½ tsp olive oil
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
Preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Scrub and trim the parsnips and potatoes. Cut into slim finger-sized lengths. Place on a baking tray and drizzle with ½ tbsp olive oil. Season well. Slide into the oven to roast for 30 mins, flipping the veg over halfway through.
Tip the porcini mushrooms in to a high-speed blender or spice blender. Blitz till you have a fine powder. If you have larger chunks left after blending, pass through a sieve to remove the larger pieces. Tip the porcini powder onto a plate.
Rub the steaks with 2 tsp oil each. Season. Then place the steaks on the plate with the porcini powder and turn them to coat thoroughly, using as much of the powder as possible. Set to one side.
Peel and finely chop the shallots. Heat 2 tsp oil in a small saucepan. Add the shallots and cook for 5 mins till softened. Turn off the heat and set aside.
Separate the egg, placing the yolk in a bowl. Add 1 tsp cider vinegar, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, ½ tsp oil and a pinch of sugar. Mix together. Spoon in the crème fraîche. Finely chop the parsely leaves and stalks and add to the bowl.
Roughly tear the lettuce. Whisk 1 tbsp cider vinegar with 1 tbsp olive oil. Add 1 tsp sugar and seasoning. Mix well. This is your dressing for the lettuce. Keep separate and toss together when ready to serve.
When the chips have 10 mins left to cook. Place a frying or griddle pan on a high heat. When hot, place the porcini dusted steaks into the pan and cook for 30sec on each side for rare steaks. Cook a little longer if you prefer you steaks more well done. Place on a plate and cover with foil to rest.
Place the pan with the cooked shallots back on the heat. Tip in the egg yolk and crème fraîche mix. Cook on a gentle heat for 5 mins till bubbling.
Place the steaks and chips on to a couple of plates. Serve with a good dollop of Bearnaise sauce and the dressed lettuce.
Egg is the nuts
Your left over egg white will keep covered in your fridge for 2 days. How about whipping up some roasted spiced nuts using your egg whites? Whisk till light and fluffy. Sprinkle in some smoked paprika, ground cumin and fennel seeds. Add a couple of handfuls of your favourite nuts , some chopped rosemary leaves and a good pinch of salt. Fold together. Spread in a single layer on lined baking tray. Roast for 20 mins or so till golden and crunchy.
No blender? Soak your dried mushrooms in enough boiling water to cover. Drain and squeeze dry. Finely chop. Add to the pan with your steaks and cook for as long as you're cooking your steaks. Serve alongside.