Fast Recipes

Sirloin steak with red wine sauce and kipfler chips

There's always a place for classic pub fare, especially when it's this easy to prepare yourself.

By Max Adey
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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For quick potato chips that are crisp rather than soggy, the key is to season the potatoes only after they're cooked. Salt draws out water, so pre-salting means the potatoes sweat rather than brown. It's the same idea as deep-frying fries – you don't salt until after they're cooked.


  • 125 ml (½ cup) vegetable oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 12 kipfler potatoes, scrubbed and cut into thin wedges
  • 8 golden shallots, skin on
  • 4 200gm sirloin steaks, at room temperature
  • 100 ml port
  • 100 ml red wine
  • 3 thyme sprigs, plus extra thyme leaves to serve
  • 1 garlic clove, bruised
  • 250 ml (1 cup) veal or beef stock
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar, or to taste
  • Dressed frisée, to serve


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 240°C. Divide oil between two metal oven trays and place in the oven to heat for 5 minutes. Divide potatoes between trays and spread shallots around both trays. Roast shallots until softened (10-12 minutes) and potatoes until crisp and golden (18-20 minutes). Let shallots cool slightly, then halve, remove skins and set aside.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan over high heat, drizzle steaks with a little oil, season to taste, then fry, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked to your liking (4-6 minutes for medium-rare). Set aside loosely covered with foil to rest. Deglaze pan with port, add wine, thyme sprigs and garlic and reduce by half (3-4 minutes), add stock and shallots and boil until a thin sauce (6-8 minutes). Remove from heat, stir in vinegar and thyme leaves and season to taste. Slice steaks and serve with sauce, chips and frisée.
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