WORTH THE EFFORT
SERVES 4 READY IN ABOUT 40 MINUTES
2 shallots, cut into small cubes
2 handfuls of fresh tarragon leaves, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1 sprig of fresh thyme
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
142ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp white wine
156g extra light mayonnaise
113g fat-free natural fromage frais
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
A handful of fresh chives, finely chopped
3-4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into thin, long chips
156g beef fillet steaks, all visible fat removed
Watercress, to serve
1 To make the bearnaise sauce, place the shallots, peppercorns, about a quarter of the tarragon, the bay leaf, thyme sprig, vinegar, stock and white wine in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil and allow the liquid to reduce to a third of its original volume (about 6-8 minutes). without boiling dry
2 Strain the sauce mixture into a heat-proof bowl, discarding the bay leaf and thyme. Allow to cool slightly
3 When cool, whisk in the mayonnaise and fromage finis. Season with a little salt, stir in the remaining tarragon and chives and set aside, keeping at room temperature until serving.
4 Next make the frites. Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Place the cut potatoes in a pan of
boiling water for 2 minutes. Bring to the boil and drain. then return the frites to the pan and shake to roughen up the edges. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and spray with Fry Light. Season with a little salt and bake for 12-15 minutes.
5 Meanwhile, season the steaks liberally on both sides and lightly spray with FryLight. Heat a non-stick griddle or frying pan until smoking, then cook the meat for 2-3 minutes on each side for rare, 4-5 minutes a side for medium and 6-7 minutes a side for well done. Remove and drain on kitchen paper.
6 Place each steak on a warmed plate and serve with the frites, sauce and watercress.
Syns per serving: Extra Easy 2-1/2
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