A Taste Of Porto - Rump Steak in Port Wine Sauce.
This week I've been taking part in the Monarch "A Taste Of Porto” challenge where I was asked to create a dish cooked using Port which is something I've never cooked with before.
Portugal is such a beautiful place, although I've never been before, I've heard great things from friends and family members who have been. With a rich history and stunning natural beauty, this country on the western-most edge of Europe looks like a good choice for sunshine filled holidays for all the family. Portugal has dramatic landscapes, vibrant cities and stunning natural beauty, with some of the best local delicacies to keep your tummy happy, too. The food, culture and heritage of Portugal makes it a rich and exciting destination. One I hope to discover for myself one day. It really does look like a dream.
Cooking with Port was so much fun, the smells were amazing, so fruity and fresh. I cooked up an alternative Sunday Dinner for us this week, making Rump Steak in Port Wine Sauce.
Using a bottle of Dow's Midnight Port, I made my Port sauce using:
- 1/2 cups lemon juice
- 3/4 cups orange juice
- 1/4 cups honey
- 3/4 cups olive oil
- 1 cup port wine
- 1 piece fresh ginger (grated)
- 5 cloves garlic (sliced)
- Rump Steaks
Once you have your sauce, I then dipped my uncooked Rump Steak into it giving it a nice sticky coating. I then cooked my steak in a frying pan and added a few spoons of the sauce every few minutes as It was cooking. It didn't take very long too cook, just 3 or 4 minutes for each side for a nice Well Done steak, just how I like it. It smelt so good whilst cooking, I was getting all excited just from the smells alone, once I cut into it, I couldn't wait to eat it.
Cooking with Port brought a whole new depth of flavours to our Sunday Dinner. Port brings amazing layers of luscious fruit flavours and lovely subtle notes of peppery spice. Who knew Port made such delicious sauce for steaks? I'd never had thought of trying the two together before but am so glad that I did because I really enjoyed the flavour combination. It was a lovely, fruity twist for me. I kept our dinner quite simple and served our delicious Rump Steak in Port Wine Sauce with some simple potato slices with a little added salt for taste.
It was lovely to try something new this week and learn so much about Port and the beautiful country it comes from, Portugal, at the same time. Maybe one day I will visit and taste some of the food they cook with it. For now, I still have half a bottle of Port left which I might enjoy a glass of too. Waste not, Want not, as they say. Nothing gets wasted in our house.
Disclosure: I was provided with the ingredients for this meal to take part in the Monarch "A Taste Of Porto” challenge. I was not paid. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.