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BBQ tomahawk with chargrilled herb potatoes, creamed spinach, curry mayonnaise and tomato salsa

Chef Richie Wilson of Fire Restaurant

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The right cut of beef is crucial for the success of this dish. Ideally you want a 28–35 day dry aged côte de bœuf (a rib of beef on the bone). Make sure you ask your butcher for Hereford Prime to ensure you get the best of the best.

Before you begin cooking it you will want to take the beef out of the fridge and bring it up to room temperature. This will speed up the cooking process and ensure the beef is as tender as possible when cooked.

  • Serves 2

Ingredients

For the steak
  • 1–1.5kg Hereford prime tomahawk beef steak
  • 200ml olive oil (good quality)
For the potatoes
  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp snipped fresh chives
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
For the creamed spinach
  • 50ml cream
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Good pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 500g baby spinach leaves
  • 50g Gruyere cheese, grated
For the tomato salsa
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped cucumber
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped red pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 birds eye chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 tsp chipped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 tsp chopped fresh thyme
For the curry mayonnaise
  • 50ml water
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 200ml mayonnaise
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Remove the beef from the fridge and packaging and season with salt and pepper, then allow it to come back to room temperature. Seasoning the steak early will draw the flavor out and give the steak a nice crust finish once cooked. Ensure the steak is covered while you have it out of the fridge.

  2. To cook the steak, you will want to reduce the heat on the barbeque or chargrill to medium or allow the coals to burn down or even raise the grill off the heat to as high as possible depending on the type of barbecue you are using. At any rate you should be placing the steak on over a medium heat, this is a big steak and will take about 30 minutes to cook through to medium, 40-45 minutes for well done.

  3. Once you have sealed the steak on both sides it is a good idea to put the lid on the barbecue and allow the heat to build like an oven inside - only the remove the lid to turn the steak intermittently. For the final 3-5 minutes of cooking you can remove the lid and drop the grill down close to the coals or increase the heat just to crisp the outside of the steak.

  4. Once cooked remove the steak from the heat, cover with some foil and allow it to rest for a good 10-15 minutes before serving or carving.

  5. Meanwhile make the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into 2cm thick slices and cook in a large pan of boiling salted water 10 minutes - the potatoes will not be cooked through.

  6. Meanwhile, stir together the herbs, garlic and olive oil in a large shallow dish, then season with salt and pepper. Drain the potatoes well and transfer to herb oil, tossing gently to coat.

  7. Once the steak is cooked, transfer the potatoes to grill, letting excess oil drip into a dish (reserve the oil in the dish). Grill potatoes, covered, turning once or twice, until tender, about 5 minutes in total. Return potatoes to the dish and toss again with herb oil. Season with salt and keep warm.

  8. For the creamed spinach, place a sauté pan on top of the hottest point of the barbeque and add the cream, garlic, shallot, nutmeg and seasoning. Bring to the boil and once boiling, add the baby spinach and stir well until all the spinach has wilted down. Stir in the Gruyere cheese. Transfer to a warm dish and keep warm.

  9. To make the curry mayonnaise, place the water in a small pan with the curry powder and heat over a low heat for about 2 minutes just until a paste is formed and the graininess is cooked out, stirring continuously. Allow to cool, then mix with the mayonnaise in a small bowl and season to taste.

  10. To make the salsa, mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper, then set aside at room temperature to allow the flavours to marinate.

  11. Place the rested steak on a large chopping board in the centre of the table with a big knife for everyone to cut off their own piece. Have a separate dish of the potatoes, the creamed spinach and ramekins of the curried mayonnaise and salsa to serve.