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Chargrilled rump steak with roast beetroot, smoked garlic crushed potatoes

Prep time 30 mins to 1 hour
Cook time 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves 4
From Chefs: Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is
The ultimate steak supper: garlicky crushed potatoes, green beans, roast beetroot and horseradish cream. Look for 28-day aged rump steak from the butcher - you can’t beat it.


  1. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2.

  2. For the beetroot, top, tail and wash the beetroot. Rub with oil, season with salt and pepper, to taste, wrap it in foil and bake until tender – this will take about two and a half hours. Leave to cool and then push the skin off with your fingers (use rubber gloves if you don’t want purple hands). Cut into wedges and set aside.

  3. Put the balsamic vinegar, wine and sugar into a pan. Boil until the volume of liquid has reduced by half. Add the beetroot, season with salt, pepper and the butter, and keep warm.

  4. For the potatoes, peel the potatoes and boil them in a pan of boiling salted water until tender. Drain well.

  5. Put the smoked garlic bulb in a saucepan and cover with melted butter. Cook over a low heat for 45 minutes and then allow to cool. Peel the cloves and place back into the butter and then blend until smooth using a hand-blender.

  6. Crush the potatoes lightly with a folk. Mix in the garlic butter purée and season with salt and pepper, taking care not to turn the potatoes into mash.

  7. For the horseradish cream, lightly whip the double cream in a mixing bowl and then stir in the crème fraîche, English mustard, fresh horseradish and lemon juice. Mix well and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  8. For the beans, blanch the beans in a pan of boiling salted water for two minutes, then drain and refresh in a bowl of ice cold water. Drain again.

  9. Heat the butter in a frying pan and add the beans. Season with salt and pepper and fry for one minute to warm through. Set aside.

  10. For the steak, preheat a griddle to hot. Season the steak generously with salt and pepper, drizzle with a little olive oil and then place on the hot griddle. Cook for about two minutes on each side for rare, 3½ for medium and then allow to rest for a minute before serving.

  11. To serve, place a scoop of potato on each plate along with the steak, surround with 3-4 wedges of beetroot and a little syrup, some beans and a neat spoonful of the horseradish cream.


For the beetroot

  • 2 large raw beetroot
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 150ml/5fl oz Cabernet Sauvignon wine
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 25g/1oz butter

For the smoked garlic crushed potatoes

  • 500g/1lb 2oz large waxy potatoes
  • 1 bulb smoked garlic
  • melted butter, to cover
  • salt and pepper

For the horseradish cream

  • 100ml/3½fl oz double cream
  • 50ml/2fl oz crème fraîche
  • ½ tsp English mustard
  • 2 tsp freshly grated horseradish root
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and white pepper, to taste

For the beans

  • 200g/7oz runner beans, finely sliced
  • 25g/1oz butter
  • salt and pepper

For the beef

  • 4 x 200g/7oz beef rump steaks
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

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