I read this in one of Nigel Slater’s books, where Nigel considers this a special occasion snack or a blissful solitary supper. He’s not wrong. The recipe is easy to adapt for less numbers as the original serves four. It’s also been said that a simple piece of comfort food cannot be beaten, and I agree! A reasonable Friday went bad in the space of ten minutes, but this for diner certainly made my bad Friday disappear.

Steak Sandwich

2 Garlic cloves
Sea salt
4oz unsalted butter
Coarsely chopped parsley
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2tsps Dijon mustard
Freshly ground pepper
4 Six oz strip steaks
2 baguettes or 4 ciabatta rolls

Crush the garlic cloves and coarsely chop them, sprinkle with salt. Using the tip of the knife, mash the garlic with small circular motions until pasty. Transfer to a small bowl and mash in the butter, parsley, lemon juice and mustard. Season with salt and pepper.
Preheat a grill pan. Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Grill them under a moderately high heat for about 2 minutes per side for medium rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let the meat rest for about 5 minutes. Halve the baguettes lengthwise and cut them in half. Warm the bread in the grill pan. Spread the baguettes with 4 tbsp of the butter. Thinly slice the meat and lay the slices in the baguettes. Brush the meat with the remaining butter.

I have tried this recipe a few times but the last time substituted the butter for mayonnaise, which worked well for me. Nice with a glass of beer or a good quaffable red wine.