Australian Beef Declares National Steak Sandwich Day
Featuring Australia's favourite toppings, Curtis' tasty steak sandwich is perfect for every occasion.
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
3 New York (top loin) steaks (each about 340g and 2.5cm thick)
5 tbsp olive oil
12 1cm thick slices whole-grain bread
225g tasty cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
2 bunches watercress, tough stems removed
Caramelised Onions & Horseradish Sauce:
2 tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
4 sprigs fresh thyme
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup prepared horseradish sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 sour cream
Salt and pepper, to taste
To caramelise the onions and make the horseradish sauce:
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, onions and thyme; sauté for 15 minutes, or until the onions are tender and golden brown. Then add the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, or until beginning to soften.
Remove the thyme stems. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
In a small bowl mix the horseradish, mayonnaise, and sour cream to blend.
Season with salt and pepper.
To make the sandwiches:
Season the steaks with salt and pepper and coat the steaks with 1 tbsp of oil. Barbecue steaks over medium-high heat for 3 minutes per side for medium-rare doneness. Transfer steaks to a carving board and rest for 5 minutes.
Brush both sides of the bread slices with 4 tbsp of oil. Barbecue the bread on one side for approximately 2 minutes. Turn the bread over and divide the cheese among 6 slices. Close BBQ hood and cook until the cheese has melts, about 2 minutes.
Spread around 1 tbsp of the horseradish sauce over the 6 slices without cheese. Trim fat and sinew and then thinly slice the steaks across the grain. Divide the steaks among the sauce-topped bread. Top with onions, more sauce, watercress, and remaining bread slices, cheese side down.
National day backed by chefs including Curtis Stone celebrates the unsung Aussie hero - the Beef Steak Sandwich
The Aussie Beef Steak Sandwich is set to get its own day of celebration with Australian Beef declaring Saturday 12th of May the inaugural National Steak Sandwich Day. The nationwide day has received the backing of world-class chefs and steak sandwich fans including Curtis Stone, Dominique Rizzo, Jess Pryles and Jack Stein.
The declaration comes in light of new research, that has revealed half of Aussies (48%) believe the classic steak sandwich is an underrated dish and two thirds of steak sandwich fans (64%) believe the traditional Aussie dish deserves its own day of celebration. In fact, almost four million Australians would like to see National Steak Sandwich Day become a public holiday.
Australia's love affair with the steak sandwich – or a 'steak sanga', as it's fondly known – is revealed to be as strong as ever, with over 2 million Australians tucking into a steak sandwich at least once a week.
Award-winning Australian chef Curtis Stone has shared one of his bespoke recipes to mark the occasion and is calling on Australians to get behind the day by cooking their own sandwich on Saturday 12th May.
Curtis Stone, said; "When I was a kid, my Dad would take us out every Friday night and I would always get a steak sandwich; my love for this classic dish is just as strong today."
"When it comes to taste, quality and flavour nothing beats Australian Beef, so it's about time one of our most iconic beef dishes was celebrated!"
For Aussies planning on celebrating National Steak Sandwich Day, the research also revealed what we believe makes the ultimate sandwich. Beef was voted the most popular meat filling by almost four in five (77%) sanga fans, specifically a scotch fillet beef steak (26%), cooked medium rare (35%), served on classic white sliced bread (34%) and accompanied by BBQ sauce (49%).
Onions took the number one spot as our favourite steak sandwich topping (74%), followed by lettuce (72%) and tomato (67%). Anchovies (56%) topped the list of the most controversial steak sandwich accompaniments, with pineapple (44%) and eggplant (43%) coming in close behind. Surprisingly, beetroot was voted least controversial, with 80% of Aussies unfazed by the usually polarising flavour.
National Steak Sandwich Day will also mark the final day of Australia's national beef expo, Beef Australia 2018; a celebration of the greatest meat on earth, Australian Beef. As part of Beef Australia, celebrity chefs, including Curtis Stone, will be demonstrating their favourite beef recipes.
You can find Curtis Stone's bespoke Beef Australia 2018 National Steak Sandwich Day recipe at beefthegreate.st/steaksandwichday to recreate at home.
National Steak Sandwich Day is taking place on Saturday 12th May 2018. To get involved browse a selection of steak sandwich recipes at beefthegreate.st/steaksandwichday and visit your local butcher or retailer.