When I think about England a variety of mental images come to mind. Big Ben (which I haven’t seen), the Roman Baths (where I spent my 43rd birthday), pubs (I am all in favor of visiting more of them), Eccles Cakes (mmmmmmmmmm), James Herriot, Nigella Lawson and now…….some of the Yorkshire villages described in Peter Robinson’s novels.
Having recently read Robinson’s book, A Dedicated Man, I decided to peruse Nigella Express for a pub type inspirational meal. Nigella has never let me down.
“When I was a child, steak houses always had something called minute steak, as in minnit, on the menu,” Nigella Express
We enjoyed this meal but I have to say, I have never ingested so many cannellini beans in one meal. I will leave that to your imagination.
Cannellini Beans with fresh rosemary
Here is the recipe for Flash-Fried Minute Steak:
1/4 cup olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons, divided
Most of 1 clove garlic, minced
1 lemon, zested and juiced
3 (14-ounce) cans white beans
4 thin-cut sirloin or entrecote steaks, about 5 ounces each
First get on with the beans: put the 1/4 cup of olive oil in a saucepan add in the garlic and the lemon zest and warm through.
Drain the beans and rinse under tap water, then add to the pan and warm through, stirring and squishing with a wide, flat spoon so that the beans go into a nubbly mush. Season, to taste. Some beans are saltier than others.
Meanwhile, heat a teaspoon of oil in a large frying pan or skillet and cook the steaks on high for about 1 1/2 minutes a side and remove to warmed plates, sprinkling some salt, to taste, over them as you do so.
Squeeze the lemon juice into the hot pan and let it bubble up with the meaty oil, then pour over the steaks. Serve immediately with the mash.
My short review of A Dedicated Man may be found at Novel Meals.
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