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Cold Beef In Soured Cream

ingredients

serves 4
2 tbsp (30 ml) corn oil
1 lb (450 g) lean rump steak in a thin slice, cut into thin strips
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 medium onion, skinned and finely chopped
8 oz (225 g) button mushrooms, wiped and thinly sliced
1 level tsp (5 ml) French mustard
2 tsp (10 ml) chopped fresh thyme or 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) dried
1 green dessert apple, thinly sliced
5 fl oz (142 ml) soured cream
1 tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice

method

To make your own soured cream, stir 5 ml (1 tsp) lemon juice into 150 ml (1/4 pint) fresh single cream and leave it to stand for 30 minutes.

1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. When hot quickly brown steak in a shallow layer, turning occasionally. Don't crowd the pan, the meat should remain pink in the centre.

2. Transfer the beef to a bowl using a slotted spoon. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Reheat residual fat; fry the onion until golden brown. Add the mushrooms, mustard and thyme. Fry over high heat for 1 minute. Add to the beef, cover and leave to cool.

4. Combine the apple with the soured cream and lemon juice in a bowl.

5. To serve, line a shallow dish with crisp lettuce. Combine contents of bowls. Check seasoning and pile into centre of lettuce.

6. Tuck in slices of freshly toasted bread.

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