Wednesday 27 May 2009

Recipe - Rib Eye Steaks with Mango & Fennel Salsa and Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

There are days when only a steak will suffice. You just can't beat the meaty goodness you get from a nicely cooked, or almost uncooked in my case, steak.

The sweet potato wedges were seasoned with smoked salt - a experiment that worked really well. I've had the smoked salt kicking around in my kitchen for some time but this was the first time I tried it. I'm sure that you'll get tired of me using it in various recipes soon but I really liked the extra dimension added by it so I'll be using it quite a bit now I think.

The final two parts to the equation were a very simple garlic butter and some leftover mango and fennel salsa. I'm banging my own drum again, but this was a very tasty dinner.

Enough bragging, time for the recipe...

Ingredients (serves 4 or so)
Mango and Fennel salsa
1 ripe mango, diced
1 small fennel bulb, finely diced
1 small red onion, finely diced
1 - 2 chilies, deseeded and sliced
Juice from 1 lime
A couple of handfuls of coriander (cilantro), roughly chopped

Garlic butter (freestyle the proportions to suit your taste)
Unsalted butter, softened
Garlic, finely diced

Sweet potato wedges
2 - 4 sweet potatoes, washed and cut into wedges
Olive oil
Smoked salt
Mixed dried herbs

4 Rib eye steaks
Olive oil

Pre-heat the oven to 220c.

Mix together all the ingredients for the salsa in a non-reactive bowl and put to the side to allow the flavours to combine. Once done, do the same for the garlic butter.

Pop the potato wedges into a big bowl, pour over some olive oil and chuck on some smoked salt, freshly ground pepper and mixed dried herbs. Mix well.

Put them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes, or until done to your liking. Rotate the wedges a couple of times during the cooking to make sure to cook them evenly.

Heat a frying pan on a medium heat. Season the steaks and drizzle them with some olive oil. Cook the steaks to your liking. Let them rest for 5 - 10 minutes before serving.

Spoon some garlic butter on top of the steaks just before serving.



  1. Mmmmm ribeye lovely. Sweet potato wedges look good too. Hardly ever cook sweet potato - not sure why?! Maybe its time to give them a go again.

  2. Many thanks!

    I go in waves with sweet potatoes. Some times it is quite a long gap between me cooking something with them and then I cook lots of them.

    It is actually quite nice to add some diced sweet potato when you roast veg for your Sunday roast for example.

    Sweet potato and parsnip roasted together is one of my favorites.

    Give them a go - they're worht it! :)

    // Mike

  3. I love smoked salt and I use it often - in fact we have several varieties of smoked salt (my husband is a huge salt freak).

    Everything looks great!!!

  4. Thanks for your kind comment!

    I've tried smoked salts before, but this is the first time I've tried using them in my own cooking.

    I'll definitively have to hunt down some different varieties now that I've tried it. My mind has started playing with different ways of using it so there's no way back ;)

    // Mike

  5. I was so busy thinking ribeye steak I didn't even spot the smoked salt thing going on - where do you get that from then - like the sound of it very much.

  6. Steak have the same effect on me too at times ;)

    I was given some that was bought in M&S, but I think you can find it most well stocked supermarkets these days.

    I'm going hunting for some different varieties now that I got the taste for it..

    // Mike

  7. Re: Tack så jättemycket!
    Vad kul att jag lyckades inspirera dig!

    I must say that I love your way of cooking, the ingredients, the exciting combinations - Well, you name it!
    I'm totally hooked on the sweet potato wedges. They both look and sound amazingly delilicous!
    I'll most likely cook them this week-end I believe!

    Love, Jennie.

  8. Tack sjalv! Jag ar valdigt glad att jag lyckades inspirera dig ocksa!

    Many thanks for your very kind comments. It's always nice to get some good feedback. I'm sure that some people think that I'm too wild when it comes to some of my combinations and general freestyling but that's who I am. ;)

    Let me know how the wedges turn out, I really hope you'll like them.

    // Mike


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// Mike