Australian Beef Declares National Steak Sandwich Day
Texas based beef lover, Jess Pryles sticks to her Aussie roots with this beetroot inspired recipe.
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
700g flat iron steaks
5 large beetroots
1 medium lemon, juiced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp chopped parsley leaf
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp prepared horseradish
6 crusty white rolls, split into 2
1 cup celery leaves
Salt and pepper, to taste
For the horseradish mayo:
Combine the mayonnaise, 2 tsp lemon juice and horseradish, then season to taste with salt and pepper
For the beetroot slaw:
Peel the beets and cut in half. Place in boiling salted water and cook for 7-10 minutes until just soft enough to pierce with a fork. Remove from water and allow to cool.
Grate the beets (they will still be quite firm). Drizzle remaining olive oil and lemon juice, and balsamic vinegar over the grated bets and toss to combine. Add parsley, salt and pepper to taste and toss once more.
For the steak:
Brush steaks with half the oil and season. Cook in a char-grill pan or barbecue on high heat for 5 minutes each side or until cooked to your liking. Set aside on a plate and loosely cover with foil for 5 minutes.
Spread the mayonnaise on the bottom bun. Slice steaks across the grain then layer with beetroot slaw and celery leaves. Top with bun to serve.
National day backed by chefs including Curtis Stone celebrates the unsung Aussie hero - the Beef Steak Sandwich
The Aussie Beef Steak Sandwich is set to get its own day of celebration with Australian Beef declaring Saturday 12th of May the inaugural National Steak Sandwich Day. The nationwide day has received the backing of world-class chefs and steak sandwich fans including Curtis Stone, Dominique Rizzo, Jess Pryles and Jack Stein.
The declaration comes in light of new research, that has revealed half of Aussies (48%) believe the classic steak sandwich is an underrated dish and two thirds of steak sandwich fans (64%) believe the traditional Aussie dish deserves its own day of celebration. In fact, almost four million Australians would like to see National Steak Sandwich Day become a public holiday.
Australia's love affair with the steak sandwich – or a 'steak sanga', as it's fondly known – is revealed to be as strong as ever, with over 2 million Australians tucking into a steak sandwich at least once a week.
Award-winning Australian chef Curtis Stone has shared one of his bespoke recipes to mark the occasion and is calling on Australians to get behind the day by cooking their own sandwich on Saturday 12th May.
Curtis Stone, said; "When I was a kid, my Dad would take us out every Friday night and I would always get a steak sandwich; my love for this classic dish is just as strong today."
"When it comes to taste, quality and flavour nothing beats Australian Beef, so it's about time one of our most iconic beef dishes was celebrated!"
For Aussies planning on celebrating National Steak Sandwich Day, the research also revealed what we believe makes the ultimate sandwich. Beef was voted the most popular meat filling by almost four in five (77%) sanga fans, specifically a scotch fillet beef steak (26%), cooked medium rare (35%), served on classic white sliced bread (34%) and accompanied by BBQ sauce (49%).
Onions took the number one spot as our favourite steak sandwich topping (74%), followed by lettuce (72%) and tomato (67%). Anchovies (56%) topped the list of the most controversial steak sandwich accompaniments, with pineapple (44%) and eggplant (43%) coming in close behind. Surprisingly, beetroot was voted least controversial, with 80% of Aussies unfazed by the usually polarising flavour.
National Steak Sandwich Day will also mark the final day of Australia's national beef expo, Beef Australia 2018; a celebration of the greatest meat on earth, Australian Beef. As part of Beef Australia, celebrity chefs, including Curtis Stone, will be demonstrating their favourite beef recipes.
You can find Curtis Stone's bespoke Beef Australia 2018 National Steak Sandwich Day recipe at beefthegreate.st/steaksandwichday to recreate at home.
National Steak Sandwich Day is taking place on Saturday 12th May 2018. To get involved browse a selection of steak sandwich recipes at beefthegreate.st/steaksandwichday and visit your local butcher or retailer.