Steak Slice with Lemon and Thyme

This recipe, or rather the method, was suggested to me by my agent Ed Victor, and so is known familiarly as Ed's Tender Rump. The method is this: instead of marinading the meat before cooking, you marinade it <i>after</i> -- and it really does keep it extraordinarily tender. Please feel free to play around with the herbs; I think Ed himself uses oregano rather than the thyme I love. I love this with broccoletti or those leggy tenderstem broccoli. A couple of packets, lightly cooked and then drained and placed in the marinade after the beef's out and sliced, is the most heavenly accompaniment. And I can't tell you how good both steak and broccoli are cold later.

TOTAL TIME: 15 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 10 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 rump steak (1-inch thick) weighing approximately 1 pound 4 ounces
  • Oil, for greasing
  • 5 stalks fresh thyme to give 1 tablespoon of stripped leaves
  • 2 bruised cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Maldon salt or 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • Good grinding fresh pepper
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Directions

Cut away the fat from around the edge of the steak while you heat a griddle or pan.

Brush the steak with oil to prevent it sticking to the griddle or pan, and then cook for 3 minutes a side plus 1 minute each side turned again (this gives you pretty griddle marks) for desirably rare meat; the lemon in the post-hoc marinade 'cooks' it a little more.

While the steak is cooking, place the thyme leaves, garlic, oil, lemon zest, juice, salt and pepper in a wide shallow dish.

Once the steak is cooked, place it in the dish of marinade for 4 minutes a side, before removing it to a board and slicing thinly on the diagonal.

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