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Steak Panini with Blue Cheese & Caramelised onions

 In Dinner/Supper, Lunch, Meat

Steak Panini

I have been on a serious foodie mission the last few weeks. I am aiming to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen. Yesterday it was an absolute scorcher in Pretoria and I just couldn’t be in the kitchen for more than 5 minutes. Also, when it’s that hot, I don’t feel like eating a heavy meal. Heavy, being anything that was either in the oven or in a pan for more than 5 minutes. So when I saw these thin Rump steaks at Woolies, I knew they would be the perfect dinner solution. I just love flash frying steaks and pairing them with other yummy toppings on some crusty bread.

After the Simonsberg lunch last week, I have been so inspired to experiment with all the cheeses they gave us so I knew that the blue cheese would have to play a role in this sandwich. And I’ve been dreaming about the Blue cheese and honeycomb risotto so I knew something sweet would be the perfect companion. I couldn’t be bothered with making my honeycomb (although it takes about 3 minutes), so I just slowly caramelised some onions until they were sticky and dark. Paired with a few fresh Rocket leaves and a glass of wine, this is Summer eating at it’s best.

To celebrate eating outside and Summer in general, I am giving away a copy of Justin Bonello’s “Cooked Weekends Away”. This book might be small but it’s jam-packed with great recipes. Although it’s aimed at outdoors cooking, any of these dishes can be made on the stove or in your oven and will still have the same charm that Justin is so well known for.

Once again, I will be asking 3 foodie questions over 3 days. Please send all 3 answers together to alida@simply-delicious-food.com on Thursday. The winner will be announced on Friday.

Question 1 : What is Mirepoix?

Serves 2

2 panini’s
2 medium sized rump steaks
2tbsn oil
salt & pepper
1/2 cup blue cheese cream cheese (or regular cream cheese)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 onions, finely sliced
2tsp sugar
fresh rocket to serve

  • Combine the oil with the salt & pepper and brush over the steaks. Grill to your liking (I like my steak rare – medium rare). Set aside and allow to cool down to room temperature.
  • Fry the onions until golden and soft. Add sugar and allow to caramelise.
  • Combine the blue cheese with the cream cheese and spread on the panini.
  • Top with some rocket leaves followed by the sliced steak. Finish with a good spoon of sticky onions and serve.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Jovana
    Reply

    It sounds like it 😀 Well I live on the other side of the world (Kimberley) but depending on where you live… I actually might be in the areas . I’m leaving SA for a few months in Decemeber though so maybe when I get back =)

    But only if you promise to cook for me =p

    • Ally_R
      Reply

      I stay in Pretoria so if you are ever close by, let me know! 🙂

  • Jovana
    Reply

    Is it just me or does EVERYTHING go with caramelized onions? I make a hectically awesome tomato and caramelized onion bread… I also make a awesome carmalaised onion quiche. Hahaha.

    You should have posted this on Sunday. My dad braaied us a whole bunch of tender, finger-licking good steaks. We had some left over… would have been the perfect lunch treat. However I ended up eating the left overs while standing up and with my fingers >.> It was still darn GOOD!

    • Ally_R
      Reply

      You are so right. I adore caramelized onions! I luurvvee the onion marmelade from Woolies. It’s heaven with their peri-peri cheese!!

      Don’t you just LOVE eating left overs standing up straight out of the fridge/microwave? LOL We should meet, you sound like my soul sister! lol

  • Ally_R
    Reply

    Kiki, I’m also a big fan of a great sandwich! 🙂

  • Kiki
    Reply

    ooooh this looks so yummy! I love fancy sandwiches…

  • Zabwan
    Reply

    You’ve moved into the foodie stratosphere, Ally – your food, photos, posts and website are all top-notch!! Congratulations!

    Lovely competition, count me in…answers will follow 🙂

    • Ally_R
      Reply

      Z : Thank you SO much! That is one of the best compliments I’ve ever received about my blog. Thank you so much for all your support and words of wisdom! 🙂

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