Recipe – Steak with Green Peppercorn Hollandaise & Hasselback Potatoes

Steak with Green Peppercorn Sauce - Food-Wine-Travel with Roberta

I discovered this sauce, a simple hollandaise with pickled green peppercorns, at the comfortable Kilchoan Hotel on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on Scotland’s west coast. It’s such an easy way to dress up a steak with what’s in the fridge and pantry, that I told the chef he should consider it stolen! Hasselback potatoes are said to have been created at the Hasselback Restaurant in Stockholm. They’re often basted with butter and many variations include herbs, breadcrumbs and cheese but, as this sauce is quite rich, I use olive oil and keep them simple. Oval potatoes with a relatively flat base work best, otherwise trim off the base so that they sit flat on the chopping board. You can slice them without a guide, but every time I’ve tried, I slice all the way through at least once … so I like this foolproof Method. Scotch fillet is also known as rib eye. We opened a bottle of Grey Sands The Mattock with this and the blend of merlot, malbec and cabernet franc worked a treat with the spicy peppercorns.

Serves 2

Ingredients
  • 2 x 200g potatoes, peeled
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Salt flakes, to taste
  • 2 x 220g pieces Scotch fillet
  • Green salad, for serving

Green Peppercorn Hollandaise

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons strained lemon juice
  • 100g salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) green peppercorns in brine,
    rinsed and drained
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 220ºC.
  2. Place a potato on a chopping board between 2 wooden chopsticks or the handles of 2 wooden spoons and, starting from the centre, make cuts, 2-3mm apart, all the way through until the knife rests on the chopsticks. Repeat with remaining potato.
  3. Place in a small ovenproof dish, drizzle generously with oil and sprinkle generously with salt.
  4. Bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes, basting occasionally, until tender and brown.
  5. Meanwhile, remove the meat from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking, to bring it to room temperature.
  6. Heat a char-grill pan or barbecue until hot.
  7. Rub meat with a little oil and sprinkle with salt.
  8. Cook the meat for 3-4 minutes each side for medium-rare, depending on thickness, or until cooked to your liking. Remove from the pan and set aside for a few minutes in a warm place.
  9. Meanwhile, make Green Peppercorn Hollandaise: combine egg yolks and lemon juice in a blender. Place butter in a saucepan and heat until bubbling. With the blender running, slowly pour the butter in, leaving the milky residue in the pan. Remove from blender and stir through the peppercorns.
  10. Serve steaks topped with Green Peppercorn Hollandaise with potatoes and salad on the side.

Try these other delicious steak recipes:
~ Pepper Steak
~ Steak Diane
~ Steak Sandwich
~ Café de Paris
~ Easy Sauce Béarnaise
~ Beef Tagliata with Salsa Verde

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