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Grilled Red Lettuce, Beef Eye Fillet & Orange Salad



  • 2 x 150 g eye fillet steaks

  • 100 mL red wine

  • ½ tbsp thyme

  • ½ tsp minced garlic

  • 100 mL freshly squeezed orange juice

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  • 2 tsp caster sugar

  • 40 mL apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for grilling

  • ½ small fennel bulb, very finely sliced (use a mandolin if you have one)

  • 2 baby red gem lettuce, rinsed

  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced into rounds

  • 30 g pepitas

  • 30 g walnuts, roughly chopped

  1. Mix the wine, thyme, garlic, 50ml of orange juice together in a shallow dish and season to taste. Place steaks in the mixture and spoon marinade over. Set aside.

  2. In a small saucepan, combine remaining orange juice, sugar and 20 ml of apple cider vinegar. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil and cook until it has reduced to a glaze. Remove from heat and stir in olive oil and season to taste.

  3. Remove steaks from the marinade, brush with a little olive oil and cook on the barbecue or a grill pan over medium-high heat until the steaks are medium-rare, approximately 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from pan, and set aside to rest for at least 10 minutes. After resting, use a sharp knife to cut the steak into thin slices.

  4. Add fennel to a bowl and pour over the remaining 20 ml of apple cider vinegar. Set aside to pickle slightly while you prepare the lettuce

  5. Remove the large leaves from the gem lettuce and cut the hearts into wedges. Heat a grill pan on high and lightly char the leaves.

  6. Arrange the grilled leaves on a serving plate. Drain the fennel and sprinkle on top of the lettuce.

  7. Arrange the orange and eye fillet slices on top and scatter with pepitas and walnuts. Season with a sprinkle of sea salt, drizzle with the orange dressing and serve.

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