How to make the ultimate steak sandwich

My belief that Valentines day is completely over rated has led me to previously recommend going out for brunch instead of dinner. Restaurants are over priced, over booked and full of couples awkwardly making conversation over wilting hot house roses. Heals Farm has come up with a clever solution of a box of goodies to make a Valentines day meal at home. The box comes with two sirloin steaks, a bottle of red wine, a mocha heaven dessert and even a little container of rose petals (£46 including delivery).

Wrap your mouth around this little beauty
I got sent a box to try out and after ditching the rose petals I decided to use the sirloin to make the ultimate steak sandwich. I based my sandwich on the meaty and succulent version served at The Eagle gastro pub in Farringdon. The Eagle’s steak sandwich has been a menu staple for years thanks to its classic combination of top quality steak, sweet slow cooked onions and a crunchy roll. It’s easy enough to replicate at home and in my books a steak sandwich each and a bottle of red is infinitely more romantic than the conventional restaurant option on Valentines Day.
The marinade
2 sirloin steaks
2 ciabatta rolls
2 tbs olive oil
2 Cos lettuce leaves
1 onion
1 garlic clove
1 tb parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
4 tb red wine
3 tb olive oil
Black pepper
Cooking the steaks
1. Finely slice the onion and crush the garlic then mix all the ingredients together for the marinade. Rub over the steaks and leave to marinade for a few hours.
2. Remove steaks from the marinade and then strain the marinade and set aside.
3. Heat the oven to 180C and warm the ciabatta rolls in it.
4. Heat a grill pan or BBQ until it is very hot and then add the steaks. Cook the steaks for two to three minutes on each side for rare or four minutes for medium rare.
5. Remove the steaks from the grill pan or BBQ and cover in foil to keep them warm while they rest.
6. Add the dry ingredients from the marinade to a frying pan and cook over a low heat until the onions start to caramalise. Then add the strained marinade liquid to the frying pan and let it bubble and reduce a little.
7. Cut the rolls in half and arrange the Cos lettuce and then steaks on the rolls. Pour the marinade over the steak and then pop the top on the sandwich.
Serves two.
Inside the sandwich
If you liked reading this you might be interested in my review of The Eagle’s cookbook or in reading about the Valentines Day MTV boyfriend and I shared a whole oxtail at Hereford Road.
Gourmet Chick was sent a Heals Farm Valentines day box to review.


  1. That looks great – I won’t have any need of a griddle pan this weekend though, because I’m taking hubby out for an early Valentine’s dinner at the Bountiful Cow 😀

  2. This looks like quite a mouthful for Wife. Not that I mind really, I could always finish up her share. 🙂

    Just wondering whether the steak will be too tough for a burger.

  3. Good idea. Last year, we went out for burgers for an almost anti-Valentines Day! So we’re on a similar theme here.

  4. Gorgeous stuff! That marinade looks good enough to eat by itself…

  5. I am obsessively staring at these photos and I CAN’T STOP. I wish I was your boyfriend. I will be making this one for sure…

  6. This looks like my kind of Valentines meal. At home, with a bottle of decent red. There is nothing more awkward than seeing hoards of twosomes out and about making faltering conversation over a shared dessert.

  7. I can’t think of anything better or more fun, than to spend V day with your other half, scoffing these gorgeous burgers, the delicious juices running down chins and arms!

  8. Looks awesome.

    Without wanting to be too crude – take a look at what happens exactly a month after Valentine’s Day – it involves steak. Partially.

  9. Ah, this looks too good. After my long day today, biting into this would be bliss. Looks absolutely mouth watering!
    *kisses* HH

  10. The Londoneer – enjoy sounds good

    London Chow – Good steak at medium rare should not be too chewy

    Greedy Diva – Anti Valentines day… I like it

    Gastrogeek – Yes I love a good marinade

    Hannah – Let me know how it goes

    Tori – I know, so awkward

    Lex- I agree gotta love those juices!

    Jonthan – Trying to work out what you mean and I can’t!

    Heavenly Housewife – It was good

  11. Funnily enough, we’ve decided to do almost exactly this. Just going to have 14 Feb at home and cook steak, salad, good bread and something chocolatey for dessert (probably just a decent bar of plain chocolate). Much rather do that than go out to eat on Val night!

  12. Grazing Kate – Hope it went well for you!

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