Last week I had my brother-in-law [I hate this in-law business] over for steak as my sister is vegetarian and he had been sick and I felt he needed some good rare steak, he agreed! Eventually, this turned into dinner for 8 - one was vegetarian but I'll get to that later. With the right frame of mind, this is easy and not overly expensive. I recommend getting the best fillet steak you can buy; from a local butcher who fattens his own cows if possible and ask him to cut them good and thick. They'll be about 8 euro each if your being generous.
- Put them all on a tray, cover them in olive oil, try to only have it one layer thick (You may need to trays) and roast them in the oven at high heat.
- You may have to put different things in at different times but that's fine.
- Potatoes will take the longest, but you could boil them a little first.
- Give your onions (or shallots) plenty of time too.
- Turn the vegetable regularly during cooking.
- Another essential is a really good green salad.
- Hard to get unless you have a good source.
- I have to recommend Darina's lettuce here available (if you're there early enough) at the Cookery School Stand at Midleton Farmers Market it is simply fabulous.
- A full plastic shopping bag cost me the bones of 10 euros but it easily fed the 8 of us for dinner and left some for me to eat during the week.
- Just make a simple dressing to go with this, available on several of the Cully & Sully packs!
- Finally, I made Bearnaise sauce this is what makes it really special.
- It may split, mine did! But you'll get over that. It's risky yes, It's tricky a bit, it's WORTH IT DEFINITELY.
- I accidentally left mine on a high heat but fortunately spotted it just as it began to split.
- Quickly I got Meredith to start whisking it as I threw in a few ice cubes.
- This was enough to save it and some welcome advice for you!