The Ultimate Irish Steak Sandwich

Serves: 2

You will need

2 Irish Sirloin steaks, about 300g each
Splash of vegetable oil
2 onions, thinly sliced
4 large field mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 tbls of mayonnaise
1 tbls of marmite
2 medium ciabattas or baguettes
English mustard, for spreading
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Cheese sauce

50g butter
50g flour
1 tbls English mustard
150g medium cheddar cheese grated
150ml beer


1. In a medium saucepan melt the butter and add the flour, cook this mix for a minute or so before slowly adding the beer while whisking continuously… then gradually add the cheese while off the heat, finishing the sauce with the English mustard and good hit of black pepper. Set aside until ready to use.

2. Season the steaks well with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the steaks for about 2 minutes on each side for medium. Remove the pan from the heat and the steak from the pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes. In your steak cooking pan once cooled add the mayonnaise and mix with the cooking juices and set aside in a bowl until ready to use.

3. In a separate pan fry the onions for 2 minutes then add mushrooms until cooked before adding your tablespoon of marmite mixing well and then setting a side.

4. Take each ciabatta or baguette and slice lengthways (leaving a ‘hinge’ on one side). Remove the doughy centre from each baguette (this can be kept to make breadcrumbs).

5. Once the steaks have rested, trim away any fat and cut into thick slices. Open out each baguette and use to mop up any juices from the chopping board – it’s too delicious to waste!

6. Spread one side of each ciabatta or baguette with pan juice mayonnaise and the other with the beer cheese sauce before topping with the fried onions and mushrooms and steak slices.

Recipe courtesy of Bord Bia and Terry Edwards

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