Waitrose Cricket Cook Off – Emirates Durham ICG: Pan-fried sirloin steaks

The Waitrose Cricket Cook Off will crown a winner from ten rival chefs from cricket grounds around the country, voted for by our customers. Gary Stidolph - Head Chef at Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground - shows you how to make his entry, Pan-fried sirloin steaks with thyme-roasted vegetables. This dish is a great take on a traditional Sunday lunch and the Newcastle Brown Ale is one of the North-East’s traditional drinks and adds real flavour to the gravy.

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Tags: thyme, steak, beef, roasted vegetables, cricket, Waitrose Cricket Cook Off,

Recipe - Serves: 4


4 large, evenly sized baking potatoes
500ml vegetable stock
250g carrots, cut into large batons
250g parsnips, cut into large batons
2 tbsp vegetable oil 5g thyme, leaves only 135g pack baby leeks, trimmed
250g fresh Waitrose Beef Gravy
100ml Newcastle Brown Ale
4 x 150g Aberdeen Angus sirloin or rump steaks


1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Peel the potatoes and trim the edges to make 4 even-sized cubes, each roughly 6cm square by 4cm deep depending on their size. Place in a small ovenproof dish and add enough stock to reach the top of the potatoes without covering them. Bake for 40 minutes.

2. At the same time, line a roasting tray with baking parchment. Toss the carrots and parsnips in 1 tbsp oil, spread out on the tray, sprinkle with thyme then roast on the shelf below the potatoes for 40 minutes.

3. Add the leeks to the potatoes and cook for a further 10 minutes until all the vegetables are tender and the potatoes are golden brown on top.

4. Meanwhile combine the gravy and ale in a pan and warm thoroughly.

5. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and fry the steaks for 2 minutes on each side for medium. Allow the steaks to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Add the pan juices to the gravy for extra flavour.

6. Divide the steak and potatoes between 4 plates. Add the carrots and parsnips and top with the braised leeks. Serve with gravy.

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 2,628kJ/627kcals
Fat 28.1g
Saturated Fat 9.7g
Carbohydrate 52.1g
Sugars 11.6g
Salt 1.9g

7.7g fibre, 41.3g protein

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