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Carpet bag steak with potatoes and black olives

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
From Saturday Kitchen


  1. Slit the steaks to make a pouch, stuff with a couple of wet oysters and then wrap around two pieces of pancetta or streaky bacon.

  2. Heat 50g/1¾oz of butter in a heavy frying pan, over a medium heat and put in the steaks.

  3. For medium-rare, cook for roughly 3 minutes on each side, then remove from the pan.

  4. Take the pan off the heat, pour in the reserved oyster water and scrape any bits from the bottom to the surface.

  5. Finally, pour the resulting liquid over the steaks.

  6. To make the potatoes pre heat the oven to 190C/375F/ Gas 5.

  7. Warm the olive oil in a heavy casserole dish over a medium heat.

  8. Add the potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic cloves, thyme and sage and bring to the boil.

  9. Season well and simmer for 8-10 minutes, then cover and cook in the oven for half an hour, or until the potatoes are cooked through (do not stir as this will break up the vegetables).

  10. Allow to cool slightly, then add the olives and parsley. Finally, serve with the carpet bag steaks.


  • 4 x 7oz fillet steaks
  • 8 slices of pancetta or streaky bacon
  • 8 oysters, water reserved
  • butter for frying

For the potatoes

  • 300ml/½ pint/1¼ cups of olive oil
  • 400g/13oz new potatoes scrubbed and cut into 1in/2.5cm chunks
  • 200g/7oz tomatoes cut into 2cm/¾in chunks
  • 200g/7oz small onions, halved top to bottom
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs sage
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 60g/2oz/½ cup pitted black olives
  • 60g/2oz flat leaf parsley, stems removed

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