You may remember that my boyfriend bought me Nigella Lawson's 'Nigellissima' Italian cookbook a few months ago (see?). Well, when somebody buys you a cookbook you're sort of obliged to cook them something from it - I think - or is that just me? At the very least, if your boyfriend buys you a cookbook you can be fairly certain he's going to want you to cook him something from it.
So here's another wonderful wonderful recipe from it that we had for our Valentine's Day dinner (see previous post for the 'must-make-room-for-it'-dessert). This Steak Tagliata is a surprisingly cheap treat, as you share one big steak between two. I bought a 400g sirloin steak at Morrisons for around £3.50. It's also easy to prepare and ready in little more than 10 minutes.
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp sea salt flakes
1 steak (300-400 g)
250 g cherry tomatoes, halved
Freshly cracked black pepper
In a dish (that will fit the steak later on), combine the extra virgin olive oil, chili, oregano, salt and red wine vinegar. Slice the cherry tomatoes.
Oil the steak lightly and put it in the hot pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side for a rare steak.
Place the steak in the marinade for 1 minute, then turn over and leave for 1 minute on the other side.
Remove the steak and place on a chopping board.
Place the cherry tomatoes cut side down in the marinade and leave for a minute to soak up the juices, while you cut the steak diagonally into slices. Arrange the steak on a serving dish or atop a bed of rocket as I have done.
Pour the cherry tomatoes and the marinade on top of the steak.
Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan, if you have it, season with black pepper and serve immediately.