Here’s a cautionary tale to you: never assume you have what you think you have in your store cupboard. So this is about the time I had to make do without an onion…
Roaming Roosters very kindly sent me free heart-shaped pork steaks for Valentine’s Day. I am a sucker for cute, novelty foods – from panda bread to bento box cat-shaped sushi, to these DIY instructions I found for heart-shaped eggs! I decided on a pork steak recipe sure to impress my beloved - a creamy sauce with onion and cider, wilted spinach and sweet potato mash. I came home from buying all my ingredients, remembering that I had an onion in the fridge. But when I looked, I didn’t. Uh-oh. So I improvised… and replaced it with an apple.
Valentine’s Day Pork Steaks
- Two heart-shaped pork steaks (this turned out to be two sides of a chop somehow melded together – very clever, Roaming Roosters!)
- 300ml double cream
- An onion – replaced with a Royal Gala apple, as that was all I had!
- 2 tbsps vinegar – if using the apple
- Bottle of cider
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
Season the pork steaks with salt and pepper. Heat a generous knob of butter in a pan, and fry the steaks until browned on both sides. Remove the steaks – and add the apple (or onion), finely sliced, to the pan. Once it’s golden and translucent, add 200ml double cream, 200ml cider, mustard and vinegar and bring to the boil. Simmer, and return the steaks to the pan for 10 minutes or until cooked through.
Accompany with sweet potato mash – using the leftover double cream to make it creamier – and wilted spinach.
This last-minute improvised recipe was not bad at all! The apple and cider bring a lot of sweetness, in keeping with the theme of the day of course . The pork steaks were really very cute to look at, and packed a meaty protein punch accompanied by a tasty rind of fat.
Did any of you have a Valentine’s meal? How was it for you?