Steak Sandwich Dirk Style

The original plan was to make a Steak & Guinness pie today. But temps of 26°C (78°F) prompted me yesterday to go for something different. So, here is my version of a steak sandwich with rocket, dried tomatoes, caramelized onions and home made herb mayonnaise. I wanted to make a mayonnaise with Horseradish, alas the one I bought had gone bad and so I skipped that idea for now. 

Ingredients ✔

Steak & toppings
180g sirloin steak
1 ciabatta
1 small bunch of rocket, washed and dried
1 onion, cut into slices
clarified butter
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
a few pieces of dried tomato

Herb Mayonnaise
1 whole egg
2 teaspoons of mustard
2 garlic cloves crushed
A hand-held blender
1 tablespoon of mild vinegar
fresh herbs
200 ml sunflower oil (no olive oil)
everything needs to be at room temperature! 

Mise en place

- wash and dry off the steak, make it really dry and let it warm up for about 20
  minutes outside of the fridge
- cut the onion into slices
- crush the garlic
- wash and dry the Rocket


Herb Mayonnaise

Use a container that is just big enough for the hand held blender. Add the oil, the mustard, the whole egg, the vinegar, the herbs, garlic. Season with salt and fresh pepper. 

Place the handheld blender on the bottom of your container, making sure to cover the egg with it. Start mixing until the bottom part starts to emulsify.Now – very slowly – start moving the immersion blender upwards until all of the oil is incorporated and you have a smoothly textured mayonnaise. Done!  You will never use bought mayonnaise again. Put immediately into fridge. This takes no more than two minutes and can adapt to any taste you want. Leave out the garlic and the herbs, add whatever you like to it. 

Heat a small skillet to medium to low heat and cook the onion slices at low heat in some clarified butter for about 10 minutes, add some sugar after about 5 minutes and stir continually until the onions are nicely caramelized. Set aside to cool and drip off. 

Make sure the steak is really dry, heat the clarified butter in a skillet and sear the steak from all sides for about 2  minutes for medium rare, depending on the thickness of your steak and how well done you like it. Only flip it once as soon as good seared markings are visible. Put it in a piece of tin foil and let it rest for about 8 minutes. 

Spread the bread with the delicious mayonnaise, place rocket on the slices and top with rocket, onions and small drops of mayonnaise. Cut the steak against the grain into think slices and place it on top of the onions, lightly salt the meat now and add fresh pepper. Top with a second slice of bread and cut into pieces. 

Bon Appétit

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