I’ve been fancying steak and chips for a while. Rump is a good steak to fry, getting the way you like it can be tricky. But being attentive at the hob will ensure you get a good finish. The sweet potato fries are only in shape because I did them in the oven. You can leave them to it while you fry the steak. The creamy sauce is simple and quick and really adds great flavour to the dish.
A good quality rump steak
A knob of butter
150g chestnut mushrooms
Lots of salt and cracked black pepper
3 good sized sweet potatoes peeled and sliced
First of all get your steak out of the fridge and leave on the side to rest. Also get your oven nice and hot. Preheat the oven to 190degrees Celsius (that’s a fan oven so 200 on other ovens). Put the sweet potato onto a baking tray and drizzle with sunflower oil or vegetable if you have it. Basically there needs to be enough oil so that the fries get crispy in the oven. Sprinkle with lots of salt, pepper and smoked paprika and give them a good shake. Put them in the middle of the oven for 25-30mins. Keep checking them and shake so that they don’t catch.
Whilst the fries are in the oven get going with the steak. Get a frying pan nice and hot and put a knob of butter in. When golden add the steak. Grind lots of black pepper on the one side, flip over and do the same again. I like my steak medium rare, so it will only be in the pan for 3-6mins max. A tip a friend gave me was to keep flipping the steak every few minutes to keep the flavour in. I think I agree but you could always cook evenly and only turn once. When the steak is done set to one side to rest, I’ll be adding it back to the heat again later. The steak will also release some amazing flavoursome juices now which you can add to the sauce.
Add the mushrooms to the pan you fried the steak in. Add a little salt and lots of pepper and another knob of butter. When they are golden add the cream. Put the juice from the steak in now too. When it’s all mixed together and thickening transfer to a little jug and return the steak to the pan to reheat.
Take the fries out of the oven and serve with the steak.