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Steak with kale and quick-pickled beetroot

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for steak with kale and quick-pickled beetroot.

By Emma Knowles
  • Serves 4
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Steak with kale and quick-pickled beetroot


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 sirloin steaks (New York cut; about 200gm each), at room temperature
  • 2 golden shallots, thinly sliced
  • 150 gm curly kale (about ½ bunch), tough stalks trimmed and discarded, leaves coarsely torn
  • 100 ml veal stock
Quick-pickled beetroot
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) red wine vinegar
  • 50 ml red wine
  • 40 gm caster sugar
  • 1 golden shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 thyme sprigs, plus extra leaves to serve
  • 2 beetroot (about 150gm each), thinly shaved on a mandolin, small leaves reserved
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • 1
    For quick-pickled beetroot, stir vinegar, wine, sugar, shallot, thyme and 50ml water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, season to taste, add half the beetroot, remove from heat and set aside while you cook the steaks. Just before serving, drain beetroot from pickling liquid, add remaining beetroot and toss with olive oil.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 220C. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add steaks and cook, turning once and seasoning each side, until well browned (2-3 minutes). Transfer to a baking tray and roast until cooked to your liking (4-5 minutes for medium-rare). Set aside to rest.
  • 3
    Return pan to heat, add shallot and sauté until tender and browned (2-3 minutes). Add kale and reserved beetroot leaves, toss to wilt (2-3 minutes), then add veal stock and toss just to combine, then season to taste. Serve steak hot, topped with wilted kale mixture and quick-pickled beetroot.