Steak Sandwiches with feta cheese & basil pesto.

this is everything you want in a sandwich

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I love food. I am borderline obsessed with food to be honest. And anyone who know’s me, or follows me on Instagram, knows how obsessed I am. Hence the name: The Grubby Eater!

There is a saying that you are what you eat..So I was extremely excited when Mediterranean Delicacies approached me to work with them. I’ve been playing around with a few recipes and I think I’ve finally found the perfect taste combo. Feta + Pesto + Steak.

Steak sandwiches are hands-down my favorite things to eat. Most people love a good steak. Well at least the people I hang out with. I mean who doesn’t like to eat juicy, tender, yummy slices of meat squashed between two slices of bread (vegetarians don’t count in this instance). This is why I’ve come up with a way to make it even better!

Have you ever tried pairing a steak with a really good pesto? You ought to! It’s unbelievably good!

The secret to a damn good steak sandwich is all in the ingredients. It’s a simple dish but it tastes even better when it’s done right!

This is the perfect dish to make over the weekend. So instead of slaving away in the kitchen, why don’t you treat your friends to a great classic – a quick homemade steak sandwich! Don’t overthink it. It’s easy, tasty and it gives you enough time to chill with your mates and enjoy a couple of beers. So why don’t you take a couple of chairs down to your balcony or even your front porch, that’s if you have one, and enjoy the lovely views that Cape Town has to offer (with a steak sandwich in your hand of course).

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the best steak sandwich ever

Serves 2, generously

INGREDIENTS

1 x 300g mature thick cut rump steak

olive oil

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

butter

1 lemon , juice of

2 Mediterranean Delicacies Red Jalapeño Chillies, roughly chopped

1 large yellow onion, cut into thinly sliced rings

1 large red onion, cut into rings

1 tbsp. brown sugar

4 slices sourdough bread

1 tub Mediterranean Delicacies basil pesto

40 g wild rocket

1/2 cup Mediterranean Delicacies feta cheese, crumbled

METHOD

First there’s the marinade…Add 3 tbsp of olive oil, juice of half a lemon, salt, pepper and the chopped jalapeno chillies. Place all the ingredients in a blender (or food processor) and blend. Blend thoroughly on high for 2-3 minutes.This goes beautifully with chicken as well.

Rub the steak with the marinade. Not forgetting to season your meat with a generous pinch of  S&P beforehand.  Then place the steak along with the marinade into a ziplock bag. Marinate meat in the fridge for at least 45 minutes.

Now on to the onions…This part is relatively easy. Heat oil and butter in a medium frying pan over medium high heat. Add the onion slices and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until caramelized. Not forgetting to add the brown sugar halfway through the cooking process to give the onions some sweetness. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, heat a non-stick pan over high heat. Add 4 tbsp of olive oil and get the oil hot, add your bread, peek, and flip when it’s golden brown. Remove when the other side is brown. This takes something like 3 minutes. The bread should be crunchy on the outside and warm & chewy on the inside {like fried toast 🙂}. Set aside.

Take your steaks out of the fridge and let them get up to room temperature while you toast your bread. Get a frying pan,or a griddle pan or barbecue screaming hot and a good drizzle of olive oil. Get rid of the excess marinade and add the steaks to the pan . Turn every minute and cook until medium doneness or to your liking. 3 minutes on each side for a medium. As it cooks, rub it with a knob of butter for some extra flavor. When the steak is perfectly cooked to your liking, move it to a plate to rest for a few minutes. Allow the meat to rest for 5 minute before cutting thick slices.  Set aside any resting juices and resist the urge to eat all the meat.  

Assemble the steak sandwich starting with a slice toast, followed by the rocket, the caramelized onions, thick rump steak slices and finishing with a drizzle of the basil pesto and the feta on top. Enjoy. Preferably without any cutlery!

This post was sponsored by Mediterranean Delicacies.

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Author: The Grubby Eater

just a basic girl who loves food..

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