Fast Recipes

Steak frites with paprika and anchovy butter

This bistro classic is a breeze and makes a fine meal with no more than a glass of juicy red wine and perhaps a green salad.
Steak frites with paprika and anchovy butterBen Dearnley


Paprika-anchovy butter


1.For paprika-anchovy butter, blend ingredients except herbs in a food processor until smooth. Season to taste, stir in herbs, then roll butter tightly in baking paper or plastic wrap to form a cylinder, twist the ends to seal and chill until needed.
2.Season steaks and pound to 5mm thick.
3.Heat vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or deep saucepan to 180°C. Deep-fry chips in batches until golden and crisp (4-6 minutes). Drain, then toss with a little salt and keep warm.
4.Heat half the oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Brown the fat on 2 steaks by rubbing it on the pan first, then fry steaks, moving them around the pan so they brown evenly, until well browned and cooked to your liking (1 1⁄2 minutes each side for medium-rare to medium). Cover with foil and rest. Repeat with remaining oil and steaks.
5.Top steaks with pan juices and a round of paprika-anchovy butter and serve with fries.

Drink suggestion: Juicy young pinot or gamay. Drink suggestion by Max Allen.


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