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Andy’s Picanha with Bean Mash and Hazelnut Salsa Verde
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30-35 minutes
4 x 200g pichana roast portions
Tip: Why not cut some picanha or rump steaks into 2.5cm/1inch cubes, thread onto wooden (soaked in cold water for 20 minutes) or metal skewers and cook on a prepared barbecue for 4 minutes on each side
For the Hazelnut Salsa Verde:
75g/3oz roasted hazel or Brazil nuts
1 bunch fresh flat leaf parsley
1 bunch fresh mint
1 bunch fresh basil
4 anchovy fillets, drained
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
10ml/2tsp Dijon mustard
Juice of ½ lemon
60ml/4tbsp mild olive oil
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4, 180°C, 350°F.
2. Lay the nuts on a baking tray and roast for 8 to 10 minutes, shaking occasionally. Set aside to cool and roughly chop.
3. Increase the oven to Gas mark 7, 220°C, 425°F. Season the picanha portions, transfer to a large in a
roasting tin and cook for 10-13 minutes.
4. Blitz the remaining salsa verde ingredients in a food processor until smooth, adding more oil to loosen if
necessary. Add the nuts to the salsa, season to taste and set aside.
5. For the bean mash, heat the beans in a saucepan with the butter and cream for 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and white pepper, return to the pan and keep warm until needed.
6. Heat a barbecue or griddle pan to a high heat. Cook the picanha portions for 3 minutes on each side.
7. Transfer to a chopping board to rest for 5-10 minutes, slice thinly then pour the resting juices into the salsa verde. Serve the steak with the bean mash and salsa verde.