Seared steak sandwich with warm tomato salsa


2 x 115 - 150 g (4 - 5 oz) sirloin steak, 1 cm (1/2 in) thick
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
1 tsp freshly chopped oregano
1 small dried chilli, crumbled
For the warm tomato salsa:
1 red onion, peeled and finely sliced
15 - 30 ml (1 - 2 tbsp) olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
1 dried bird's eye chilli, or similar, crushed
350g/12oz baby plum tomatoes
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

for the salad:

2 large handfuls wild rocket
50 g (2 oz) roquefort cheese, lightly crumbled
dash olive oil
dash balsamic vinegar
freshly ground black pepper

to serve:

4 thick slices of sourdough bread
50 g (2 oz) unsalted butter


1. Mix together the balsamic vinegar, garlic, oregano and chilli in a shallow dish. Add the steaks and leave to marinate for up to 2 hours in the refrigerator.

2.To prepare the tomato salsa: gently heat the olive oil in frying pan. Add the onion, garlic and chilli. Gently cook for 5 minutes until the onion is soft and golden. Meanwhile slice the sourdough bread and set to one side. Add the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and cook on a high heat for 3-4 minutes until the tomatoes start to burst in the pan.

3.To prepare the rocket salad: place the rocket into a large bowl and add the roquefort cheese. Add a splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season the salad bowl with the pepper before tossing the leaves around the bowl.

4. Remove the steaks from the marinade and season with salt and pepper on each side. Cook the steaks on the barbecue for 1 minute on each side. Slice the steaks and set aside.

5. Meanwhile, butter the bread and place onto the barbecue, buttered side down for a few seconds to toast. Remove and place onto a plate.

6.To assemble the sandwich: place half the rocket salad onto the base of the sourdough bread. Place the steak slices on top of the rocket salad. Spoon over half the tomato salad, gently squashing the mixture down. Top with the remaining slice of sourdough bread.

7. Cut each sandwich in half on the diagonal and serve immediately.

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