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 Steak Recipe with 'Marchand De Vin' Sauce

Steak Marchand De Vin recipe. Click to enlarge. Copyright David Marks.
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Steak with 'Marchand De Vin' sauce is a classic recipe which is both delicious and quick to prepare. There are variations to the basic recipe which include mushrooms, ham, garlic etc. but we have kept it very simple. This simple sauce stands by itself and is amazingly quick to prepare.

We used sirloin steak from our local butchers. Supermarket steaks are OK but they will never come near to the quality of the meat hand-picked by your local butcher.

KEY POINTS

Cooked this again tonight (6 June 20011) and this really is the most delicious, simple recipe ever created!

 Preparation Time:  5 mins  Cooking Time:   20 mins
 How Difficult  Very Easy  Freeze?   No
 Servings

2 portions



INGREDIENTS

Steak Marchand De Vin recipe. Click to enlarge. Copyright David Marks.

Metric Imperial
2 sirloin steaks (225 g) 2 sirloin steaks (8 oz)
1 medium onion
175 ml red wine 6 fl oz red wine
1 tablespoon olive oil

What meat To Use

Steak Recipe Marchand De Vin. A good sirloin steak from our local butcher. Click to enlarge. Copyright David Marks. We used sirloin steak from our local butchers and it was top quality (see the picture left). Local butchers survive because the locals who shop there know the meat is top quality. Supermarkets survive because they are convenient. So call in at your local butcher's and buy the sirloin steak for this recipe there.

A good piece of sirloin should be marbled with fat through the meat, red or browny-red (not purple), moist looking and without any bad smell.

WHAT SPECIAL KITCHEN EQUIPMENT
For this Steak Marchand De Vin recipe you will need a frying pan large enough to fit in both steaks.

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Steak Recipe Marchand De Vin. Fry the onions. Click to enlarge. Copyright David Marks. If you want boiled potatoes, scrape the new potatoes and put them into boiling water now. They will take about 20 minutes to cook.

Peel and chop the onion finely. Add half the olive oil to the frying pan and turn up to a medium high heat. Add the onions and fry until the onions are softened and turned a light brown colour. This should take around 5 minutes. Whilst cooking turn the onions frequently.


 
Steak Recipe Marchand De Vin. Prepare the mushrooms and tomatoes. Click to enlarge. Copyright David Marks. If you are cooking mushrooms and grilled tomatoes as well as the steak, prepare them now. First turn on the grill to a medium heat.

Cut the tomatoes in half and peel the mushrooms. Drizzle some olive oil over them and put them under the grill. They will be ready in about 10 minutes


  
Steak Recipe Marchand De Vin. Fry the steak. Click to enlarge. Copyright David Marks. Remove the onions from the frying pan, add the remaining oil with the plate still turned up to a medium high heat and add the two sirloin steaks. Press down each steak into the frying pan. This will sear and seal steaks to make them look good and keep in all the meat juices.
Cook for 2 minutes (rare), 3 minutes (medium) or 4 minutes (well done) on the first side then turn the steaks and cook for 1 minutes (rare), 2 minutes (medium) or 3 minutes (well done) on the other side.

  
Steak Recipe Marchand De Vin. Fried steak. Click to enlarge. Copyright David Marks. This is how a properly cooked sirloin steak should look - it doesn't matter if it's rare or well done because the 'seared' appearance appears in the first minute of cooking.

All the flavour is sealed in as well as most of the natural moisture.


 
Steak Recipe Marchand De Vin. Click to enlarge. Copyright David Marks. Three minutes before the sirloin steak is cooked rare, medium or well done, return the fried onions to the frying pan and pour in the red wine.

Stir the liquid gently for the next three minutes until it thickens to a syrupy texture. Watch it carefully to ensure the sauce doesn't over-thicken.


 
Steak Recipe Marchand De Vin. Click to enlarge. Copyright David Marks. Take the mushrooms and tomatoes out from under the grill and put on a warmed plate. Drain the potatoes and place them on the plate.

Add the steak and spoon the sauce over the steak and eat immediately. A gastronomic experience of such simplicity which you will remember for a long, long time!

 


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