Wednesday, 22 February 2012

steak with mashed cannellini beans and asparagus

I am not on a crazy diet or anything but I try to keep my carbs low at night time because it really does make me feel sluggish the next morning, but gosh dang do I miss mashed potato! These mashed cannellini beans are a bloody great alternative especially when combined with the eschallot, garlic and lemon. It is kind of like eating a big mound of hommus and who doesn't like hommus?

In terms of cooking steaks, I find a number of my friends are quite intimidated by the whole process - there is no reason to be scared, it is super easy. Here is a great guide on which you may find useful.

1 steak (I used a yearling scotch fillet)
1/2 bunch of asparagus, ends trimmed off
1/2 400g can of cannellini beans
1 small clove of garlic, crushed
1 small eschallot or 1/2 small onion, diced
Juice of 1/2 a small lemon
Olive oil
1 teaspoon of butter

Crack open your can of cannellini beans, drain in a sieve or colander and then rinse under cold water. I used my remaining half a can in my salad for my work lunch so that it didn't go to waste. Set the drained and rinsed beans aside.

Heat the olive oil in a pan and cook your steak according to the above guide, or however you like to normally cook your steak.

Whilst your steak is cooking, put on a pot of water to boil.
In another pot, melt your butter and then saute the eschallot and garlic until golden brown. Add your half can of cannellini beans and stir for around 1 or 2 minutes until the beans are sufficiently heated through, remove from heat. Tip in the lemon juice and then mash your bean mix in the pot with a fork and add a cook pinch of salt and pepper.

By now your steak should be cooked and your pot of water boiling. Remove the steak from the pan and set it aside on a plate to rest for around 5 minutes. This will help ensure that your steak is still tender as the meat constricts during cooking so you need to let the muscle relax.

Place your asparagus stalks in to the boiling water, they should only take about 1 minute to cook. Drain and plate up with your bean mash and steak.


  1. Sounds delicious but I will be ever so evil and still have the mash (sweet potato that is!!!) J

    1. Potato mash is really good, sweet or normal but this bean mash is also super tasty and nice for something different. Have you ever put fresh ginger in your sweet potato mash? My best friend served it to me with ginger the other night and it was amazing!!