Pork neck steaks make for a deliciously tender meat. Give Postcard Café chef Mune Kimura’s method a try.
Chef Mune pairs his pork neck steaks with an aromatic sage butter and pepper salad.
Pork Neck Steaks with Sage Garlic Butter
- 8 pork neck steaks (100g each)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- pinch salt
For the sage butter
- 50g salted butter, slightly softened
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 tbsp fresh chopped sage, or dried
- 1 tsp chopped parsley
For the salad
- 300g baby potatoes, boiled and sliced in half
- 1 small red pepper
- 1 small yellow pepper
- ¼ cucumber, sliced
- 8 cherry tomatoes, sliced
- 1 packet garden salad mix
For the balsamic salad dressing
- 10g Dijon mustard
- 12g balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- pinch of salt, black pepper
- To prepare the sage butter, mix all ingredients in a bowl and place on a piece of cling wrap. Roll up to form a log and chill for 1 hour. Once the butter is hard, take the wrap off and slice into eight circles.
- For the salad, roast peppers in the oven until the skin turns black. Once they start to blister, remove and place in a bowl. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and leave for 10 minutes. Then peel, deseed and cut into strips. Set aside till needed.
- Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Dust with flour, shaking off excess.
- Pan-fry them in olive oil till they are golden brown on both sides. Place on a baking tray in a preheated oven at 180°C for 5-6 minutes.
- To serve, divide the salad greens between four plates. Top with roasted peppers, potatoes, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, and dress with the balsamic dressing. Arrange two steaks on each plate and top with garlic butter. The heat of the steaks will melt the butter. Serve with lemon wedges.
Chef Mune Kimura joined forces with Marie Condé to set up Postcard Café. It may have started out as a great spot to get a slice of cake and a cup of coffee, but Mune has been able to build it into a popular restaurant in the Jonkershoek Valley. Read more about how he did just that in our Country Chef interview.
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