Steak with peppercorn, red wine & mushroom sauce; and chunky skin on chips – what more could you ask for!

I am really struggling to write this today. I am so ridiculously full that the thought of more food is actually making me feel a little bit sick. Do you ever get to that point where you know you are really full but the food you are eating is just so good that you cannot stop? This is one of these occasions. Infact, I actually made more here than the recipe says, but the plate was so piled high that I took photos in stages and the final masterpiece looked like something out of man verses food! I think tomorrow I shall have a salad!


–          2 large potatoes, washed

–          3 tbsp sunflower oil

–          1 tsp cider vinegar

–          Salt and pepper

–          150ml red wine

–          100g chestnut mushrooms

–          1 finely sliced shallot

–          1 tsp crushed peppercorns

–          100ml cream

–          Pinch sugar (to taste)

–          2 sirloin steaks

Heat the oven to 180’

Chop the potatoes into chunky wedges, leaving the skin on.

Coat in the oil, vinegar and salt and pepper

Place skin down on a baking tray and roast for half an hour

Fry the shallots in a small nob of butter until soft

Pour in the red wine and bring it to boiling point; simmer for about 10 minutes until it has reduced by a half

Add the pepper corns and mushrooms and simmer for another 5 minutes

In the meantime get a frying pan really hot, add some butter and then the steaks. Fry to your liking, depending on the size of the steak. I used 2 sirloin steaks and fried for about a minute on each side for medium rare.

Turn down the heat on the sauce and add the cream. Taste and add a pinch of sugar if it is a little bitter.

Serve with the chips, fresh salad and corn on the cob.


2 thoughts on “Steak with peppercorn, red wine & mushroom sauce; and chunky skin on chips – what more could you ask for!

    • I have done a bit of research and I believe they can also be called ‘Black Poplar’ or ‘Velvet Pioppini’. They look like your normal cup mushroom but are a chestnut colour and have a bit more flavour.

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