Last month I decided to set myself a monthly challenge to post a recipe using only 5 ingredients (not counting ‘everyday’ kitchen ingredients).
With today being a public holiday and ‘taking it easy’ being on my to-do list, it was the perfect day to do my Take-5 Challenge for March. Rummaging through my fridge & freezer I found a smallish rump steak, a piece of halloumi cheese and a punnet of mushrooms, which I thought could be used together somehow. Adding a few potatoes and an onion brought me to the prescribed 5 ingredients, to which I added some ‘everyday’ ingredients – garlic, chilli, black pepper & olive oil. The result was a really tasty meal that took no effort to make (and didn’t require a trip to the shops).
You could adapt this recipe by adding/removing any number of ingredients … I’m tempted to try adding cooked chippolata sausages next time, to make this a one-dish-meal.
STEAK WITH HALLOUMI POTATO BAKE
Rump steak (1 per person)
3 medium potatoes, peeled & cut into 1-inch cubes
1 large onion, halved then each half cut into 6 rough slices
1/2 punnet button mushrooms, quartered
5 cloves garlic, sliced
2 red chillies, seeded & sliced
freshly-ground black pepper
About 150g halloumi cheese, sliced fairly thinly (I also cut a bit into cubes, which I fried & had on my salad – halloumi overload)!
Preheat the oven to 200C.
Toss the potato cubes, onion slices, mushrooms, garlic & chilli together in an ovenproof dish with a couple of glugs of olive oil and a generous grinding of black pepper then cook in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked (mixing them again once or twice whilst cooking).
Turn on the grill & top the potato mixture with slices of halloumi – pop under the grill for 5 – 10 minutes, or until the cheese is soft and browned.
Whilst grilling, cook the steak. I fried a few extra cubes of halloumi at the same time – these were delicious, but I should probably have left them out with the amount of halloumi I’d put onto the potatoes (and I will NOT be standing on the scale for at least a week)!