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How to Cook a Thick Cut Rump Sharing Steak

INGREDIENTS
  • Thick-cut rump sharing steak(s)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil or other high smoke point cooking oil
  • Optional: Garlic cloves, thyme, rosemary, or other herbs for additional flavor.
METHOD

Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 200°C.

Season the steak: Pat the steak dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. If you want to add additional flavour, you can rub crushed garlic cloves or sprinkle chopped herbs like thyme or rosemary onto the steak.

Sear the steak: Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet or oven-safe pan over high heat. Add a tablespoon of rapeseed oil (or your preferred cooking oil with a high smoke point). When the oil is shimmering and almost smoking, carefully place the steak in the pan. Allow it to sear for 2-3 minutes on each side until a crust forms. You can also sear the edges if you wish.

Transfer to the oven: Once the steak is seared, transfer the pan to the preheated oven. Cook for about 5-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the steak and your desired level of doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. For medium-rare, aim for 54°C, for medium, 60°C, and for medium-well, 66°C. It's not a good idea to cook rump steak beyond this, as it can become tough.

Rest the steak: Remove the pan from the oven and place the steak on a cutting board. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Tent it loosely with foil and let it rest for about 5-10 minutes. Resting allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more tender steak.

Slice and serve: After resting, slice the steak against the grain to ensure tenderness. Serve it with your favorite side dishes or sauces.

Remember, cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the steak and your oven's performance, so it's essential to use a meat thermometer to achieve your desired level of doneness. Adjust cooking times accordingly to get the perfect thick-cut rump sharing steak that suits your taste preferences. Enjoy!

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Suggestions from well known chefs

Some classic and popular rump steak recipes that are commonly recommended by celebrity chefs:

Gordon Ramsay's Pan-Seared Rump Steak:

Season the rump steak with salt and pepper.
Heat a pan over high heat and add some olive oil.
Sear the steak for 2-3 minutes on each side until a crust forms.
Add a knob of butter, crushed garlic, and a sprig of thyme to the pan.
Baste the steak with the melted butter for extra flavour.
Let it rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Jamie Oliver's Grilled Rump Steak with Chimichurri Sauce:

For the chimichurri sauce, blend fresh parsley, cilantro, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
Season the rump steak with salt and pepper.
Grill the steak on high heat for a few minutes on each side until cooked to your desired doneness.
Let the steak rest for a few minutes before slicing.
Serve the steak with the homemade chimichurri sauce drizzled over the top.

Bobby Flay's Coffee-Rubbed Rump Steak:

Mix ground coffee, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper to make the coffee rub.
Rub the mixture all over the rump steak, pressing it into the meat.
Heat a grill or a cast-iron skillet over high heat.
Cook the steak for a few minutes on each side until a crust forms and it reaches your desired level of doneness.
Let the steak rest, then slice and serve.

Nigella Lawson's Rump Steak with Red Wine Sauce:

Season the rump steak with salt and pepper.
Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add some olive oil.
Sear the steak for a few minutes on each side until cooked to your liking.
Remove the steak from the pan and let it rest.
In the same pan, add shallots and cook until softened.
Pour in red wine, beef broth, and a knob of butter, and let it simmer until it reduces and thickens into a rich sauce.
Slice the steak and serve with the red wine sauce drizzled over the top.

These are just a few ideas, and there are countless variations and recipes to explore when it comes to cooking rump steak. Feel free to modify these recipes to suit your preferences and experiment with different seasonings and cooking methods. Enjoy your culinary adventure!

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Pairings

  1. Red Wine: A classic choice for pairing with red meat, especially steak, is red wine. Opt for full-bodied red wines with robust flavours that can stand up to the richness of the steak. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah/Shiraz, and Zinfandel are all great options to consider.
  2. Malbec: Malbec, in particular, is known for its compatibility with beef dishes. It has a rich, fruity flavour profile with notes of plum, blackberry, and sometimes a hint of smokiness that complements the flavours of the steak.
  3. Cabernet Sauvignon: Cabernet Sauvignon is another classic choice, often known for its bold and complex flavours, including black currant, black cherry, and hints of cedar and tobacco. These flavours can enhance the taste of a perfectly cooked rump steak.
  4. Merlot: Merlot is a more medium-bodied wine with flavors of red fruit, plum, and sometimes chocolate. It's a versatile option that can work well with different styles of rump steak preparations.
  5. Syrah/Shiraz: Syrah or Shiraz wines have spicy notes, dark fruit flavours, and sometimes a smoky character. These qualities can complement the savoury and grilled aspects of a rump steak.
  6. Beer: If you prefer beer over wine, there are also great options that pair well with steak. Opt for a full-flavored beer like a Stout, Porter, or an Amber Ale. These beers often have roasted and malty flavours that can complement the richness of the steak.
  7. Whiskey: For those who enjoy spirits, a good quality whiskey, especially a bourbon or a smoky single malt, can be an excellent companion to a rump steak. The whiskey's depth and complexity can harmonize with the steak's flavours.
  8. Non-Alcoholic Options: If you prefer non-alcoholic beverages, consider pairing your steak with sparkling water or a fruit-infused water to cleanse your palate and enhance the dining experience.