In this recipe series, we bring you recipes by Julia Toon, culinary motivator and author of the book ‘Good Eating: A Taste of Qatar’. New recipes every week, straight from Jules of the Kitchen.
Italian T-Bone Steak
Hello everyone. This week’s main course recipe is a great family pleaser and one I believe you will repeat often as it is so easy to make and especially good if you enjoy eating quality beef steak. The recipe is for Italian T Bone Steak.
Serves 4 | Preparation time: 10 minutes + marination | Cooking time: 2 min sear both sides + 8 mins | Oven temp : 180ºC
4 beef T bone steaks – 1 per person
4 tsp dried oregano leaves
4 dried sage leaves – crumbled
1 sprig rosemary – fresh
4 cloves of garlic
1 tsp cider vinegar per steak
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil – plus a small amount for oven dish
1 fresh lemon – juice only
1 tbsp vegetable oil per steak for frying – rapeseed
Pinch sea salt for serving – optional
Remove any excess fat or gristle but standard T bones should well trimmed by the butcher.
Make herb marinade
In a small bowl, mix together all the dried herbs with plenty of coarsely ground black pepper.
Make olive oil marinade
In another small bowl, mix olive oil, cider vinegar and garlic together.
Apply herb marinade
First, using clean hands, press the lovely herb marinade all over the steaks. Once the steaks are covered with all the chopped herbs, pour all over the steaks the olive oil marinade, making sure all the meat is well-covered. Lastly, place a sprig of fresh rosemary on each steak (see marinade image) and cover with either cling film or tin foil (or the plastic lid). Leave to marinade either overnight or for several hours in the refrigerator.
Heat an ovenproof pan with 1-2 tablespoons of oil. When smoking hot sear each steak for 2 minutes on both sides. Remove and place in an oven proof dish. Add marinade and lemon juice to the hot pan and when hot pour the marinade and lovely pan juices all over the steaks. Place in a hot oven for 6 minutes only. Remove from the oven and allow to sit in the oven juices for a further 5 minutes.
When rested serve with either your favourite salad or a green vegetable such as wilted spinach/greens with extra fresh lemon wedges.
JULES Tips: This recipe is also very suitable for cooking via a char-grilled pan or of course, using the BBQ. Please note my method is for a medium to rare steak. If you prefer a rare steak, then reduce the oven timing say by 2 minutes or so, and if you prefer your steaks well cooked, then cook in the oven for at least 8 minutes, testing as you go. Importantly, do not forget to let the steak sit minimum 5 minutes before eating, as this really does allow the steak to rest, relax and enrich in flavour.