Thick rump or Sirloin steaks, encrusted with cracked black peppercorns, pan-fried to collect all the juices, served with a Stilton cheese & toasted walnut topping, with charred fried onions on the side............phew........AND chips!
4 ounces (115g) Stilton cheese
1 ounce (25g) softened butter
3 ounces (75g) shelled walnuts, roasted and finely chopped
Try to choose locally produced beef for your steak, and preferably organic, and of course it must be British!
Crumble the Stilton cheese into a mixing bowl and add the softened butter and the toasted walnut pieces, mash together well. Cover & set to one side - in a cool place.
Press the cracked peppercorns into both sides of the steaks, ensuring they adhere well. Cover and leave to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Take 1 ounce (25g) of butter from the 2 ounces of butter, and heat it up over a very high heat in a sturdy frying pan/skillet. Add the onion rings and stir well - allow them to char at the edges before turning down the heat and cooking over a slow heat for about 10 minutes more. Set to one side.
5 minutes before you want to start cooking your steaks, start to fry your chips - unless you are oven baking them, in which case you need them to be in the oven at least 45 minutes before you want to serve the steaks.
Heat up the remaining butter in a large sturdy frying pan/skillet and as soon as the butter starts to smoke but NOT burn, add you steaks.
Tip: Here is a rough cooking chart for you: For steaks about 1" thick, Rare is 3 minutes each side; Medium is 5 minutes each side and Well Done is 7 minutes each side - depending in the thickness of your steaks.
As soon as you have cooked your first side, turn the steak over and crumble half of the Stilton and walnut mixture over the top of each steak, continue to cook until the steaks are cooked to your liking.
At the same time that you crumbled the Stilton mixture over the top, add the pre-fried onions and scatter them around in the frying pan to finish cooking them.
Serve the Stilton and Pepper Steaks immediately with the charred onions and Chips/French Fries