Tray Baked Braising Steak with Orange and Juniper Tray Baked Braising Steak with Orange and Juniper

Tray Baked Braising Steak with Orange and Juniper

prep time
15 mins

cook time
2 hours

serves
2 people

Ingredients

  • 350g/12oz lean braising or stewing steak, cut in half
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 1.25ml/¼tsp juniper berries, crushed

  • 30ml/2tbsp sunflower oil
  • 6 shallots, peeled and left whole
  • 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled and lightly crushed
  • Peel of ½ orange (use a vegetable peeler)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 225g/8oz small potatoes, quartered
  • 200ml/7floz Port, good hot beef stock or red wine
  • To garnish:

  • 15-30ml/1-2tbsp double cream or crème fraîche, optional
  • 15-30ml/1-2tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley

Method

  1. On a small plate mix together the seasoning and juniper berries.  Coat the steaks on both sides in the mixture.
  2. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3, 170°C, 325°F.
  3. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and cook the steaks with the shallots for 3-4 minutes until lightly brown.  Transfer to a shallow baking or roasting tray.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the tray.  Cover with foil and cook for 1½-2 hours.
  5. After 1 hour turn the steaks over, recover and return to the oven.
  6. Garnish with the cream (if used) and garnish with the parsley.  Serve with seasonal green vegetables.

    *Jumper berries can be found in the spice section of the supermarket.