- large pinch of salt
- 100 g polenta
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese (8g weight when freshly grated)
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 x 100g British beef sandwich steaks (at room temperature)
- 8 large cherry tomatoes, halved
- few fresh basil leaves, shredded
Put 425ml water and the salt in a heavy-based pan and bring to the boil. Slowly whisk in the polenta, stirring continuously. Bring back to the boil and simmer, stirring all the time, for 2-3 minutes until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the garlic and half the parmesan and half the black pepper.
Spoon the polenta on to a board lined with cling-film and shape to a rough 25 x 8 cm rectangle. Leave to cool completely.
Preheat the oven to 200ºC / fan 180ºC / gas mark 6. Cut the cold polenta into chunky chips. Place the chips on a baking sheet and sprinkle over half the oil, turning them to coat. Bake for 15 minutes, turning once then scatter over the rest of the cheese and bake for a further 8-10 minutes until crisp and golden.
Just before the chips are cooked, heat a cast-iron griddle pan until very hot. Brush each steak with the remaining oil and sprinkle with the remaining black pepper. Cook the steaks in the pan over a high heat for 1-2 minutes on each side until just seared. Remove from the pan, cover and leave to rest for a few minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes to the pan and cook over a high heat for 1-2 minutes until just softened and lightly charred.
Serve the steak and polenta chips with the cherry tomatoes sprinkled with the basil.