Recipe: Sirloin steak with roasted beetroot and watercress salad

By Angela Casley

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Steak with Roasted Beetroot and Watercress Salad. Photo / Babiche Martens
Steak with Roasted Beetroot and Watercress Salad. Photo / Babiche Martens

Serves 4

• 450g sirloin steak
• 1 Tbs olive oil
• 1 tsp coriander seeds
• ½ tsp cumin seeds
• 1 Tbs juniper berries
• 1 tsp brown sugar
• ¼ tsp cinnamon
• 400g whole beetroot
• 4 flat mushrooms
• 2 Tbs thyme leaves
• 4 shallots, peeled and sliced
• 8 cloves garlic, peeled
• ½ tsp cumin
• 1 Tbs brown sugar
• 2 Tbs olive oil
• 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
• 16 black olives
• 2 cups watercress
• ½ cup parsley leaves


1. Prepare the marinade: lightly toast the spices in a dry pan for 3 or 4 minutes or until they become fragrant. Crush the spice mix in a mortar and pestle.

2. Rub the steaks with the spices and oil and leave to sit for at least 40 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 180C.

4. In a lined roasting dish place the beetroot, mushrooms, thyme, shallots and garlic. Add the cumin, brown sugar and olive oil and massage into the vegetables.

5. Place in the oven for 40-50 minutes until the beetroot has softened, stirring once or twice while cooking. Remove from the oven, toss over the balsamic and allow to cool slightly.

6. Preheat a barbecue to a medium heat. Place the steak on the grill for 4 or 5 minutes before turning and repeating on the other side. Let it rest for 5 minutes.

7. Toss the olive and watercress through the beetroot and serve with the steak.

- VIVA

- NZ Herald

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