Favourites.

If I had to choose a ‘favourite meal’, steak with salsa verde would most definitely be up there – top 3. A well-hung and carefully sourced piece of meat – dark, flavourful, flesh well marbled with fat – cooked just how I like it, soft, meltingly tender and rare. The meat is sliced, laid out with a minimal amount of fussiness and then drizzled with the piquant green sauce.

I remember the first time I tasted salsa verde. A perfect summers day and one of my mum’s perfect summer meals. Roast chicken, slathered with herbs and butter – crispy skin and succulent flesh within. Broad beans with bacon and herby vinaigrette (this one) and new potatoes, glistening and flecked green with the salsa. I still make that meal to this day and I know without doubt it was important in cementing my obsession with food. I still like to eat in the same way, long and lingering meals, picking at the scraps as we sip wine and chatter. Well, that’s what I do anyway, Chris wolfs it down like someone’s going to take it off him…

As much as I adore the salsa as a coating for hot potatoes (sometimes with salami), I also love the way it cuts right through the richness of the steak here and boy, what a hunk o steak it was. Yesterday was a special day for us, an anniversary (one of two on consecutive days) and so we decided to mark the occasion thus. Luckily, steak with salsa verde is not only one of my favourite meals, it is also now a hit with my favourite person. And so yesterday was a day of favourites, a celebration of time spent together, a fair portion of that time spent eating/talking about eating/planning what or where to eat.

Just before I go, a couple more things. Firstly, I didn’t let Halloween pass by without marking it with a recipe, it’s just that the recipe didn’t turn out quite right on the first attempt. Second time around though, it was delish and so I will endeavour to blog it over the weekend. And while we’re on the topic of Halloween, I received a little ‘Trick or Treat’ bag in the post last week. It was from a Twitter friend, Jess aka @lovelychaos, who promised to send some home grown chillies to the winner of The Tipped Chilli Cook Off, and we all know who that was don’t we?

Aren’t they pretty? I was very touched by the gesture and so I’ve actually planted the seeds from one of the smaller ones in an attempt to continue speading the chilli love. Thank you, Jess. I will let you all know what happened to the rest of them when I post that Halloween recipe.

Finally, if you want to see me and lots of other bloggers cooking up a storm in The Kitchen at Parson’s Green, watch this video. I can’t believe I revealed my gluttonous nature in such a blatant outburst around the middle of the film!

Salsa Verde

Small handful each capers and cornichons
1-2 cloves garlic
5-6 anchovy fillets (brown, salty kind)
Large handful flatleaf parsley, leaves picked
Slightly smaller handful each basil and mint
1 level tablespoon mustard (I used wholegrain but dijon is better)
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
8 tablespoons olive oil
Pepper

- The key is to chop everything really finely, then put in a bowl before adding the mustard, pepper and vinegar. Then stir in the oil. If you find it too tangy or have a less than great red wine vinegar, try adding a little sugar.

Category: Main Dishes, Meat, Video 18 comments »

18 Responses to “Favourites.”

  1. Jess

    Chillies are looking good! I’m so pleased you liked them, really hope you grow some new ones.

    Steak and salsa looks fantastic, I’m definitely going to try :)

  2. Michele

    Your steak looks divine! It also happens to be one of my favorites. Never tried it with salsa verde…but I’ll be trying it that way next time after reading your description.

    Micheles last blog post..I Just Can’t Help Myself

  3. Mike

    I love the chili photos! And I’d never had a salsa verde like this (I was thinking tomatillos), but this also sounds like it would be a delicious way to compliment that meat

    Mikes last blog post..Kona Kampachi in Cognac Cream Sauce

  4. Peter G

    The salsa verdes I have tasted in the past really didn’t leave much of an impression on me Helen. But yours looks really refreshing and quite simple…Must def try it this coming summer here in Sydney.

    Peter Gs last blog post..Fresh Ricotta with Warm Honey and Cinnamon

  5. Peter

    A fine looking steak and the right “pink” ya got there. I believes meat eaters are happier,really I do.

  6. Jeanne

    Salsa verde is wonderful, isn’t it? As is that gorgeous piece of meat! I’m feeling a bit spoilt after Chicago where ALL the meat was outstanding… And I saw on Chris’s blog that you won the chilli cook-off – well done you! I’m sorry I missed it but I had a standing early appointment with my bed every evening that week ;-)

    Jeannes last blog post..Go with gourd – the WTSIM#20 round-up

  7. kittie

    Those chillies look fantastic!

    Your salsa verde looks like such a perfect accompaniment to that gorgeously cooked steak!

    kitties last blog post..Smoked Haddock with Welsh Rarebit

  8. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen

    I love green sauces with meat – like chimichuri, or salsa verde – such a great combination!

    Happy Anniversary!

    JennDZ_The LeftoverQueens last blog post..Great Green North Chronicles: The Importance of Eating Locally

  9. Helen

    Jess – Thank you again, I was very touched.
    Michele – Please, please try it!
    Mike – And I’ve never had a tomatillo!
    Peter G- Yes, it is a great dish for the summer.
    Jeanne – Thanks, I was rather chuffed with myself! It’s a shame you didn’t make it down but I understand the need for your bed, even though it did happen in the middle of the day ;) Hopefully we will get the chance to chat again soon :)
    Kittie – Thank you, they sure are some fine chillies.
    Jenn – ooh yes, chimichuri – yum! And thank you for the anniversary congratulations!

  10. Ginger

    I love salsa verde and keep meaning to try it with steak but haven’t gotten around to it. It’s such a versatile dressing, I love it with fish too.

    Gingers last blog post..Roasted Vegetable Lasagne

  11. Joie de vivre

    This salsa verde sounds so interesting. I was like Mike and thought of it with tomatillos. I bet the anchovies make it wonderful.

    Joie de vivres last blog post..Election Day Dinner – 2 days late!

  12. We Are Never Full

    salsa verde is one of the best (and easiest to make!) meat-toppers ever. we love ours over some roasted pork. love the addition of cornichons.

  13. Manggy

    Hey, you might be converting one more person to salsa verde– me! :) It looks really great when finely minced– I imagine it would be quite dark/black if mashed up in the processor.

    Manggys last blog post..Panna Cotta Tart with Cocoa Glaze

  14. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy

    What a gorgeous hunk of meat! The salsa is the perfect complement to it too! That is my idea of a favorite meal too. Well done!

    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewys last blog post..TWD: Rugelach

  15. kookie in london

    Sounds like a fine anniversary to me! Where did you get your steak?

  16. babs

    Is there anything that you could use instead of anchovies?

  17. Helen

    Babs – You could just leave them out but you might want to add a little salt.

  18. babs

    Thanks Helen will give this a go now :)


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