Beef feather quesadillas

  • Preparation time: 35 minutes, plus resting
  • Cooking time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Total time: 5 hours 5 minutes, plus resting

Makes: 8

Ingredients

1kg Aberdeen Angus beef feather steak*
50g flaky sea salt
50g black peppercorns
8 tortillas
200g chipotle paste
250g red leicester cheese, grated
250g gruyère cheese, grated
2 red onions, finely sliced
2 limes, halved 

*Selected stores

Method

1. If you’re using a barbecue, set it up for indirect grilling, with the coals banked to one side. (Alternatively, preheat the oven to 120˚C, gas mark ½.) Trim any excess fat and outside sinew from the meat. Whizz the salt and pepper in the small bowl of a food processor until crushed, then use to coat the meat. (If the meat is too dry for the seasoning to stick, splash a little water on it first and rub the seasoning in.) Put the meat on the grill on the opposite side to the coals (or in the oven) and cook, without moving it, for at least 4 hours. (You may need to top up the barbecue with fresh charcoal, lit in a chimney starter, after a few hours.)

2. Feather steak has a tough centre that starts to collapse when the meat is ready. If you stick a thin skewer through the centre there should be no resistance. (Alternatively, use a meat thermometer: the internal temperature should be around 88°C.) If it’s not ready, cook for another 30 minutes and check again. Remove from the barbecue (or oven), brush off any excess seasoning and leave to rest, loosely covered with foil, for at least 20 minutes.

3. For the quesadillas, set the barbecue up for direct grilling, with the coals directly under what you’re cooking. (You can cook on the grill bars or put a wide cast iron pan on the grill. Alternatively, if your barbecue has an option for a flat top, use that.) Lay a tortilla on a plate and spread with a little chipotle paste in a circle like a pizza base. Mix the two cheeses together and sprinkle some over one half, then chop the steak into small cubes and put some on top. Add more cheese, top with the onion and fold over into a half moon. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Grill the quesadillas for 2 minutes on both sides, or until toasted and the cheese has begun to melt. (You may need to do this in batches.) Finish with a squeeze of lime juice.