Seared steak with roast peppers, asparagus and salbitxada sauce

Hailing from Catalonia, salbitxada is similar to romesco sauce. There are many variants that involve roasting the ingredients, but this is a weekday version that’s tasty and quick to throw together.

Serves: 4

Ingredients

4 bavette or sirloin steaks (about 180g each)

1 1⁄2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika

450g bunch asparagus, woody ends discarded

1 small jar roasted peppers (about 280g), drained

 

SALBITXADA SAUCE

100g cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped

2 tbsp whole skin-on almonds, toasted and roughly chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp chilli flakes

2 tsp sherry vinegar

1 tbsp olive oil

15g flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Method

1. Rub the steaks with 1 tbsp olive oil and the paprika; season. Toss the asparagus and peppers with the remaining 1⁄2 tbsp oil; season.

2. Heat a griddle pan over a high heat. Cook the steaks until cooked to your liking (about 2-3 minutes on each side for medium-rare, or a few minutes more for thicker steaks); rest under foil for 5 minutes. Griddle the asparagus for 1-2 minutes on each side, until tender and charred; set aside. Griddle the peppers until just warmed through.

3. Meanwhile, mix all the ingredients for the salbitxada sauce in a small bowl and season. Slice the steaks and serve with the peppers and asparagus, plus the sauce to pass around.