Herb Crusted Beef with Pommes Anna

Herb Crusted Beef with Pommes Anna

Pommes Anna, also known as Anna potatoes, are layers thin potato stacked together with lashings of butter in between. When it bakes, the slices adhere together and it creates a wonderful texture. It’s the perfect Christmas side dish to this glorious herb-crusted beef main.

What You’ll Need

  • 400g desiree potatoes
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 10g parsley
  • 5g chives
  • 250g green beans
  • 2 grass-fed beef rump steaks
  • 20g panko breadcrumbs 
  • 20g butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbs Dijon mustard

Utensils

  • Small saucepan
  • Oven tray
  • Baking paper
  • Grater
  • Medium frypan
  • Medium saucepan
  • Colander

Method

Step 1 Roast Pommes Anna

Preheat oven to 220C. Melt 20g butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Peel and thinly slice potatoes to 2mm-thick rounds. Combine butter and potato in a bowl and season well with salt and pepper. Line a tray with baking paper (see cooking tip). Arrange 4 potato stacks, then roast for 20-25 mins until golden and cooked through.

Step 2 Prepare ingredients

Meanwhile, zest half the lemon. Finely chop the garlic and herbs. Trim the tops from the beans. Line a second oven tray with baking paper.

Step 3 Sear steaks

Heat 2 tsp oil in a medium frypan over high heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper, then sear for 50 secs each side and remove the pan from the heat. Transfer the steaks from the pan to the prepared oven tray.

Step 4 Prepare crust mixture

Combine garlic, herbs, 2 tsp lemon zest and salt and pepper and half of the breadcrumbs in a bowl. Drizzle with 3 tsp oil and toss to combine.

Step 5 Prepare beef

Bring a small saucepan of salted water to the boil for the green beans. Spread 2 tsp Dijon mustard over the surface of each steak, then top each one with half of the crumb mixture allowing some to spill over sides. Bake for 5-10 mins until golden and steak is cooked through. Remove from the oven and set aside to rest for 3 mins.

Step 6 Get ready to serve

Meanwhile, cook the beans in the pan of boiling water for 3 mins or until tender, then drain and drizzle with 1 tsp oil and season with salt and pepper. Serve the steak with the Pommes Anna and green beans.

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