Steaks with Romesco Sauce
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Steaks with Romesco Sauce

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Use up the last of the late summer/early autumn tomatoes and peppers to make a batch of Romesco sauce for a tasty accompaniment to serve atop steaks. A popular Spanish sauce, there are many variations and this is ours.
<b>Prep:</b> 40 mins Prep: 40 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 6 mins + resting time Cook: 6 mins + resting time
Serves 4 Serves 4
Good source of iron Good source of iron
Low Sodium Low Sodium
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  • 4 Quality Mark sirloin steaks

Romesco sauce

  • 3 ripe tomatoes, cut in half, cores removed
  •  1/2  teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 red capsicum, core removed
  • 1 small head garlic, unpeeled and halved horizontally
  • 1 slice sourdough bread, about 1cm thick
  • 50g blanched almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • Pinch dried red chilli flakes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil


Preheat the oven to 190°C.

Romesco sauce:

Line a shallow roasting dish with baking paper and wrap garlic halves in foil. Place tomatoes in the roasting dish and drizzle with a dash of oil. Sprinkle with paprika and lightly season. Add the capsicum and wrapped garlic, then place in the oven to roast for 25-30 minutes. Turn the capsicum over during roasting to blacken both sides. Ensure garlic is very soft (if not return to oven for a little longer).

Place the red pepper in a bowl, cover with a tea towel and allow to steam for 10 minutes before peeling away and discarding the skin and seeds. Set aside. When the garlic is cool enough to handle, pop garlic cloves out of their skins and set aside. Heat a dash of oil in a small frying pan and pan-fry the bread on both sides until golden.

Place the tomatoes, capsicum, garlic, bread, almonds, vinegar and chilli flakes in a food processor. Process to blend, drizzling the olive oil in through the feed tube.  Keep Romesco sauce a little chunky to give the sauce texture. Season to taste and serve immediately or store covered in the refrigerator.


Heat a heavy-based large frying pan over a medium heat. Rub sirloin steaks with a little oil and freshly ground black pepper. Pan-fry steaks for 3-4 minutes each side for medium-rare. Remove from the pan, season with salt, cover loosely with foil and leave to rest.

To serve:

Place sirloin steaks on four warmed plates and top with a good dollop of Romesco sauce. Serve with wilted greens and/or green beans on the side along with remaining Romesco sauce in a small bowl.
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Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 317g
Energy kJ (kcal) 1991 (475)
Protein (g) 41.4
Fat (g) 30.7
Saturated (g)
Carbohydrate (g) 7.8
Sugars (g)
Sodium (mg) 121
Iron (mg) 5.3
Zinc (mg) 7.8
Vitamin B12 (ug) 3.5
Vitamin D (ug) 0.0
Selenium (ug) 6.2

As an excellent source of iron, this dish contributes to enhanced energy levels.

+Resting is an important step you should not skip. It allows the meat to relax and the juices to settle back into the meat, instead of running out all over the place when you cut into it.

+Rub oil over the steaks rather than pouring oil into the frying pan, which will spit and smoke once heated.


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