I really wanted to make stew tonight, it cold and miserable today I really wanted some hot stew and mash. However, this idea was rejected by the man of the house.
So I still went with a mash, but gave him three of his favorite things: steak, bacon and mushrooms.
I used scotch fillet, but feel free to use any cut you like.
Ingredients: for 2 with left over mash
1 rasher of middle bacon rind removed and fat trimmed
half a red chilli thinly sliced
1 spring onion thinly sliced
handful of button mushrooms thinly sliced
2 tbsp of lite cream
half a medium sweet potato
Butter and or milk
1 tbsp of finely chopped parsley
Green veg to serve
- Peel and cube swede and sweet potato. Fill a large saucepan with water, add salt and put on high heat. Add the swede and boil for half an hour.
- After half an hour of boiling the swede add the sweet potato, this will be cooked in another half an hour
- Heat a small amount of oil in a small saucepan, add bacon and cook on medium heat for about five minutes. Add mushrooms, chilli and spring onion and saute for another five minutes, add the cream turn heat to low and let cook until the sauce thickens a little, turn heat off and add parsley.
- Heat pan to cook steak to your liking allowing for some resting time.
- After half an hour from when the sweet potato was added, check that vegetables are soft enough for a knife to go through them very easily. If not cook for longer. When cooked drain and return to hot pan to evaporate any water. Start to mash, add butter and/or warm milk, and continue to mash until you are happy with the texture. Taste, and season (remember if you use butter this will add some salt).
I have not specified the amount of butter or milk, as this is up to your preference based on how much fat or dairy you want to add. Buttery mash is great, but not for the waistline. You could use an alternative milk or fat to cut out the dairy. Additionally you cut the cream from the sauce and just use the mushrooms as a topping or replace with stock or wine.