Balsamic Steak & Pepper Caponata

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Serves2 people
Balsamic Steak & Pepper Caponata

Whip up a refreshing Italian-inspired dinner featuring chunky caponata (a Sicilian veg dish) made with pepper and courgette, served with succulent balsamic marinated organic minute steaks.


  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 minute steaks
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 courgette
  • A 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 1 orange
  • A handful of rosemary
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 80g black olives

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 15 mins

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1. Tip the balsamic vinegar into a bowl and whisk it with 1 tbsp oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the steaks and set aside to marinate while you prepare the rest of the dish.
2. Peel and thinly slice the red onion. Halve and scoop out the seeds and white bits from the red pepper. Thinly slice and pop it in a bowl along with the red onion.
3. Using a veg peeler, peel ribbons off the courgette, turning it as you go till you get to the seeded core. Finely chop the seeded core and add it to the bowl, but keep the ribbons separate. Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
4. Juice the orange. Finely chop ½ the rosemary leaves. Peel and grate the garlic. Pop them all into a separate bowl and whisk together.
5. Pour 1 tbsp oil into a pan. Add the pepper, onion and chopped courgette cores. Cook for 5 mins till slightly charred and softened. Add in the drained chickpeas along with the orange, garlic and rosemary mix. Cover and gently cook for 5 mins.
6. Warm a frying pan over a high heat. When hot, carefully add the steaks, keeping any marinade in the bowl. Cook for 1 min each side for rare, 2 mins for medium and 3 for well done.
7. Remove the steaks from the pan and pop them in a baking dish. Pour the balsamic marinade into the hot pan. Let it bubble up, then pour it over the steaks. Cover with foil and leave to rest while you finish the caponata.
8. Add the courgette ribbons and olives to the veg. Cook for 1 min to just soften the courgette. Taste the caponata and add more salt or pepper if it needs it. Spoon the caponata onto 2 warmed plates. Top with the balsamic steaks and drizzle over the remaining marinade from the baking dish to serve.
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