Bavette steak with beef jam and black pudding crumble
I think steak is an iconic dish. Most everyone will have their own preference in cut and how it is cooked and what makes the perfect side dish. After going to Native, Covent Garden London I have been thinking about their venison jam. The Black Pig Butchers didn’t have any venison but I thought that short ribs would be great in a beef jam. I love to eat them just cooked but the meat is so soft and I thought the texture would work.
I bought bavette steak, one of my favorite cuts and a small black pudding and thought I would bring them all together for a Sunday lunch.
The jam takes a little time to make but it is worth it and it is happy to cook away undisturbed. I used a bottle of prosecco, I had saved a few bottles of my favorite prosecco but it was clearly a mistake as it was on the verge of going off, just slightly too sharp so I thought I would use it for cooking.
preparation time 5 minutes
cooking time 4 hours + 2 1/2 hours the following day
oven 140C or 284F
serves 8-10 as a side dish
- 3 beef short ribs
- 1 bottle of prosecco
- 1/2 dl fish sauce
- fresh ginger sliced
- 3 fresh bayleaves
- 6 garlic cloves, peeled and gently crushed
- 1 onion, peeled and cut in half
- 2 chipotle chilies
- 2 dried red chilies
- pulled short rib, any excess fat removed
- the onion, garlic, ginger, chipotle chili, red chilli that cooked with the short ribs, chopped fine
- 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup dark muscavado sugar
- 1/4 dl or 1/8 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 dl or 1/8 cup Shaoxing rice wine
- cooking liquid, fat removed
- 1 tbsp Seville orange marmalade
Place the beef ribs in an oven proof dish with a lid. Add the other ingredients and place the lid on the pan. If you want less heat simply use half the amount of chilies. I like a bit of a kick and the jam is served as a complement, not as a stand alone dish so some of the heat will be absorbed by the other ingredients.
Add the lid and place the pan in the oven for a minimum of 4 hours. I checked after 3 hours but the meat didn’t have the right “fall apart” texture that I was after. An hour cooking more and they were perfect.
Let the ribs cool down enough to handle. Pick the meat off the bones and shred it fine. I chopped the ginger, onion, garlic and chilies fine, not wanting to waste anything.
I placed the cooking liquids in a jar in the fridge over night to make sure I got rid of the fat.
The next day I placed the shredded meat and chopped onion, ginger and chilies in an oven proof pan with a lid. Add the cooking liquid, fat removed, the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, the brown sugar and the Shaoxing rice wine. Place the pan in the oven at 140C 0r 284F again and cook for another 2 – 2 1/2 hours. The cooking liquids should be almost gone but it shouldn’t be dry. Taste and see if you want to add anything else. I added a table spoon of Seville orange and chilli marmalade. It was perfect to finish the dish. Seville orange marmalade is readily available in supermarkets, it has a bitter sweetness that worked with the beef.
The jam was packed with flavor, meatiness from the beef, stickiness from the sugar and marmalade, smokiness and heat from the chipotle chili, a hit of ginger, garlic lingering in the back ground.
I cubed and roasted potatoes and butternut squash, tossed in oil, salt, pepper and cumin.
I steamed the Savoy cabbage and broccoli. I bought a whole head of Savoy cabbage at the market for £0.50, that is $0.62! I think it was the bargain of the day! It is seasonal and grows in abundance. There are no distribution chains between the grower and the market stall holder and this is how it can be so cheap.
Some of my dishes start with just one ingredient and the black pudding was destined for black pudding crumble, I had never made one before but thought about it for a while.
Black pudding crumble
preparation time 5 minutes
cooking time 10-15 minutes
serves 4 as a side dish
- 1 small black pudding
- 2 tbsp oats
- 1 small handful of walnuts, chopped
- oil for cooking
- 1 small knob of butter for cooking
- salt to taste
Heat oil in a pan and add the oats and walnuts. Pan fry them until they are crunchy, taste with salt. Place in a bowl.
Add the butter to the pan and take the black pudding out if it’s casing. Break it down to a crumble consistency and pan fry slightly crispy. Taste with salt. Add the oats just before serving to re heat and mix just before plating up. Cut apple julienne to serve with the dish.
I pan fried the bavette steak for 3 minutes on each side and rested it for 10 minutes. Slice the beef against the grain, add a little more salt and plate up.
I started with the roasted potatoes and butternut squash, add the black pudding crumble, creme fraiche, the beef jam, steak slices and finish the dish with broccoli and savoy cabbage.
The beef jam added heat and beefy flavor, the black pudding crumble added earthiness and they both brought out the best in the steak. I have quite a lot left of the jam and can’t wait to use it again.
I liked this so much I want to share this at the lovely Angie’s Fiesta Friday. I missed it last week and the week whizzed past and I couldn’t join, no week is the same without it so come and join us! It is a brilliant buffet of recipes from all over the world! This weeks co hosts are Anugya, Indian curry shack, and Margy, La Petitie Casserole, we are in for a treat!