My version of J. Oliver’s 30 minute meals classic. He uses rump-steak, I used beef thigh steak.

Ingredients for 2 sandwiches:

  • 1 ciabatta
  • 2 beef thigh steaks 200-250 g, 2,5-3 cm thick
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 g rocket
  • horseradish
  • 200 g grilled peppers
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 of smaller bunch of parsley
  • 1 tablespoons of aceto balsamico


  1. Meat take out of the fridge to room temperature 20-30 minutes before grilling.
  2. Rub 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a good pinch of salt and pepper into steaks, both sides.
  3. Put the grill pan (or regular non stick) on a high heat without oil, to avoid smoke.
  4. Put the steaks on the pan and grill for 3 minutes on both sides for medium rare, 5 minutes for well done.
  5. While the meat is grilling halve the ciabatta lengthwise. Smear 2 tea spoons of horse radish and place the rocket.
  6. Chop up grilled peppers (2-3) on a board along with parsley. Add some salt, pepper and a swig of aceto and flatten out.
  7. When the meat is done place it on the pepper and leave to rest for couple of minutes.
  8. Slice the meat into strips and place on top of rocket. Smear the pepper on top. Use the upper part of the ciabatta as a loofa to suck up all the lovely juices left on the board from peppers and meat.
  9. Place on top of the sandwich and press down.
  10. Serve on a board cut into 2-4 pieces with extra rocket on the side.


T 🙂

Recipe adaptation: J. Oliver, 30 minute meals, season 1, episode 9


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