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How To Cook Aleppo Peppered Strawberry Relish With Grilled Steak

How To Cook Aleppo Peppered Strawberry Relish With Grilled Steak

By Jeff Baker

"Having begun his career in a professional kitchen in 1983, Jeff Baker has since cooked for the Queen, and worked alongside some of the world’s top chefs, such..."

British strawberries are famed throughout the world for their unique complexity of flavour. As we know, they’re simply stunning served with rich Jersey cream and a sprinkling of unrefined caster sugar, but in this recipe we go a little left field making a chutney-style sauce to either serve alongside or brush onto grilled meats, particularly good with BBQ grilled steaks. Here we slice the steaks thinly once cooked and divide them between four dishes for a light summer meal.

Method for the Steak:
  1. Remove the steaks from the chiller and bring to room temperature
  2. Preheat the BBQ for direct grilling or use a heavy-based griddle pan
  3. Rub the steak with a little schmaltz or oil & season with salt
  4. Sear the steak on all sides until nicely browned then turn the steak over for 5 to 6 minutes brushing with a little strawberry relish to glaze the steak for a final couple of minutes, caramelizing the outside with a core temperature of  50°C before resting for a rare steak.
Method for the relish:
  1. Place all ingredients into a heavy-based saucepan
  2. Gently heat over a low heat uncovered & cook stirring frequently for 30 minutes or until it’s rich and glossy.
Method for the vinaigrette:
  1. Simply whisk all ingredients together.

To serve:

Carve the steak into thin slices and divide it between four plates, serve with additional strawberry relish, summer salad leaves and drizzle with vinaigrette alongside a freshly baked sourdough loaf and salted butter. I love to drink a light red wine such as a Pinot Noir from Burgundy with this dish.

Note :

This recipe will be great with any of our steaks. Aleppo pepper can be purchased at most good delis or replaced with any chilli flakes or even traditional cracked black pepper.

  • The Ingredients
  • for the steak
  • 2 x heritage breed fillet tails
  • 1 tbls. chicken schmaltz or good quality oil
  • pinch of sea salt
  • for the strawberry relish
  • 300g fresh strawberries cut into small dice
  • 100g unrefined sugar
  • 10ml red wine vinegar
  • 75ml Balsamic vinegar
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • Aleppo chili pepper to taste
  • for the vinaigrette
  • 1 tbls. Red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbls. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. warm water
  • Pinch Aleppo chili pepper
  • Pinch sea salt flakes

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