PB and J, and Mary - Brian Bartels
This cocktail was created for Harry Dean Stanton, quiet king of the silver screen.
400 g rump steak
500 g dried spaghetti
1 tsp olive oil, plus 2 tbsp extra, to serve
1 tsp ground black pepper, plus extra, to serve
Salt, to season
5 sprigs of thyme
1 Tbs butter
1 small onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
3/4 cup beef stock
200 mL thickened cream
2 Tbs finely shredded parsley
Freshly grated parmesan cheese, to serve
Place the steak on a tray, seasoning well with salt and pepper, pressing them into the surface of the steak.
Heat a large frying pan over high heat until very hot, then add the olive oil. Place the steak in the pan and reduce the heat to medium.
Cook the steak to your liking, adding in the thyme and butter in the last minute, basting the butter over the steak. Remove the steak and thyme from the pan and set aside to rest.
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente.
Return the pan to a low-medium heat and add the extra 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Add the onion and garlic and fry for roughly 3 minutes until softened.
Add the stock and cream and bring to a simmer. Simmer for roughly 5 minutes until the sauce is reduced and creamy.
Slice your steak into thin strips. When the pasta is cooked, transfer it to the sauce along with 2 tablespoons of the pasta cooking water and any juices collected from the rested steak.
Mix well to coat the pasta in the sauce before stirring through the sliced steak, thyme, parsley and extra black pepper. Serve immediately with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
When cooking the pasta, a good trick for al dente is to cook 1 minute less than the packet instructions.
Always bring your beef to room temperature by removing from the fridge 15 minutes before cooking.
Serve with a simple side salad of your choice.
Credits: Adam Liaw and Australian Beef