Peppered steak with gratin of potato, anchovy, rosemary and cream

Toothsome peppered steak and a creamy, rosemary-infused dream of a gratin make a stunning supper dish from Anthony Worral Thompson
By Antony Worrall Thompson
Peppered steak with gratin of potato, anchovy, rosemary and cream
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time:
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: medium



  • 55 g unsalted butter
  • 350 ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp rosemary, chopped
  • 8 tinned anchovies, finely chopped, plus the oil from the anchovy tin
  • 6 medium waxy potatoes
  • 2 large onions, finely sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh white breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp ground white pepper

For the peppered steak:

  • 4 sirloin steaks, each 250g
  • salt, and finely crushed black pepper
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 100 ml brandy
  • 30 g butter
  • 100 ml beef stock


1. Make the gratin first of all. Set the oven to 200°C/gas 6. Lightly butter a gratin dish using a little of the butter.

2. Heat the cream with the rosemary and anchovy oil from the tin, and bring to scalding point. Turn off the heat and allow the flavours to infuse for 15 minutes.

3. Peel and grate the potatoes and arrange layers of potato, chopped anchovy and sliced onion in the gratin dish. Pour over a little hot cream and then repeat layers, finishing with a layer of potatoes. Pour over half the remaining cream, and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.

4. Place in the oven and bake for 35 minutes. Pour over the remaining cream and dot with the remaining butter. Sprinkle with the pepper. Bake for a further 20 minutes until bubbling and golden.

5. Season the steaks with salt. Cover one side with a thin layer of finely crushed pepper.

6. Heat the oil in a frying pan. When hot, fry the steaks for a couple of minutes on each side for medium rare - or cook for longer if preferred.

7. Add a splash of brandy and flame. Remove the steak and keep warm. Reduce the mixture by half and fold in the butter and a splash of stock and pour over the top of the steak.

8. Allow the steak to rest for a few minutes and serve with the gratin.

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