Preparing a great meal doesn’t always have to involve a lot of work. Sometimes we all need to take it easy and use some shortcuts.
The secret is to use fresh, high quality ingredients, such as meat from your local butcher or specialty items prepared with love by independent food producers, and let the flavours speak for themselves.
Armed with sirloin from the excellent butchers at Gog Magog Hills Farm Shop, some Maris Piper potatoes, African Garlic, Lemon and Pepper Sauce by Bim’s Kitchen, and the Tefal OptiGrill, we set out to make a simple and tasty meal.
We took the sirloin steaks out of the fridge two hours earlier so they could be at room temperature before cooking. We then rubbed some olive oil and sprinkled salt and pepper on both sides of the steaks.
First we prepared the mash, which was very easy to make. I love mashed potatoes but Paulo doesn’t, so we rarely make them. I’m a fan of the African-inspired sauces and condiments created by Bim’s Kitchen so when I spotted their Creamy Garlic, Lemon and Pepper Mash recipe, I knew Paulo would go for it.
The second we opened the bottle of African Garlic, Lemon and Pepper Sauce we could smell the deliciousness.
I knew this was going to be the mash’s magic ingredient. We both loved the result. No more compromises over mashed potatoes!
While the potatoes were boiling, we set up the OptiGrill and pre-heated it. It has an automated sensor cooking feature that measures the thickness of the meat, as well as a cooking level indicator.
We finished preparing the mash and put the steaks on the OptiGrill when the ‘beep’ indicated that the pre-heated mode was complete. It literally took minutes to cook. We took out the steaks when the indicator went just past medium.
As you can see, the juice collection tray and the plates caught a lot of the fat and grease. Nevertheless, the sirloin wasn’t dry at all, it was still tender and juicy.
The mash was the perfect accompaniment, as well as a nice bottle of Malbec from Argentina!
Whilst the OptiGrill could never take the place of a good old-fashioned barbecue, I thought it was very convenient. When weather and time do not allow for a barbecue, the OptiGrill is a handy alternative. I love my cast iron grill but it’s a lot messier and it’s more difficult to cook the meat to the desired doneness. We couldn’t believe how fast and easy it was to cook the sirloin on the OptiGrill. We were almost expecting the meat to come out bad, as the speed and ease seemed too good to be true. The steaks were indeed perfectly cooked and quite succulent too! The house wasn’t full of smoke and the plates and tray were very easy to clean. You can even put them in the dishwasher.
However, the ‘take it easy’ theme of this dinner culminated with the perfect event… hubby doing the washing up!
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