Eats, Shoots & Reads

Eats #49: Soft, Juicy, Delicious!

Ingredients: 2 large leeks, fresh thyme, flat leaf parsley, 2 cloves garlic, white wine, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, 500g butter beans, lemon, créme fraiche, extra virgin olive oil, 2 x 200g fillet steaks.

Difficulty: 2/5
Rating: 5/5

Finely chop the leeks and garlic. Heat some olive oil and butter in a large saucepan and gently fry the leeks, garlic and thyme until soft. Turn up the heat and add the drained, washed butter beans and the wine. Bring to the boil and allow some of the alcohol to cook off.

Add water to the pan until the beans are just covered and bring to a simmer. Cook until soft and creamy and put on a low heat until ready to serve.

In the mean time season the steaks with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Rub the steaks with olive oil and place on a white hot griddle pan. Cook on each side for 4-5 minutes until cooked to your liking. Take out of the pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Once rested slice into thick slices.

Take the white bean mash off the heat and and mix in a spoonful of créme fraiche and some chopped flat leaf parsley – season to taste. Serve the steak on a bed of the white beans and drizzle with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil – enjoy!


It has to be said that this recipe is the best steak recipe I’ve ever had! The steak was tender, juicy, soft and delicious and the outer crust had a lovely charred, BBQ flavour.

The beans we soft and creamy and mixed with the leeks, wine and fresh thyme made a lovely, delicate, tasty bed for the steak.

If I was tweaking the recipe I’d add more garlic to the beans or mix in some pancetta or bacon. Other than that a really yummy, simple, amazing recipe – definitely on my “to do again” list.

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