Jamie's Dress the Board Steak with my Roughed up Chips

Yes you read right, roughed up chips is what I'm calling my chips! If you like the crispy, crunchy rough bits that are to be found on good roast potatoes you'll love these chips.

An age ago now Jamie Oliver made what he called 'dress the board steak' I remember how good it looked and have been meaning to make it ever since.  But like a lot of things it's getting round to it and last night I did just that.

I used my own version of herbs and stuff to 'dress the board' and of course you can do the same.

Jamie's Dress the Board Steak

If you're stuck for something for dinner tonight and love steak, this is the way to go. 

Here's how it works:
You make a dressing on a big wooden chopping board of chopped up herbs, chillies, garlic and whatever else like along with a glug or two of olive oil.  You then season your steak with a little black pepper and salt and pan-fry in the usual manner then you put the steak on the board to rest covering with the dressing.

Slice the steak and serve with whatever takes your fancy.
I served mine with Jan's roughed up chips, mushrooms, salad and a nice tomato.  I like steak medium rare but it's up to you to cook it however you prefer.

The roughed up chips are just potatoes peeled and sliced into chips.  Patted dry then thrown onto a large, shallow baking tray.  Drizzle with olive oil and a season with a good amount of sea salt and a little black pepper. 

Pop them into a preheated oven 230C/450F or Gas 8 on the middle shelf.
Now, whilst they're cooking, keep turning them every 15 minutes or so without being too careful with them so they get just a little broken.  They'll take about 45 to 50 minutes depending on how thick you cut them.  Scrape off any loose bits of potato off the tray and serve with the chips - they're the best bits!    

(including roughed up chips)
To serve 2 you will need:
2 nice sirloin steaks (or any other steak you like to eat) 
olive oil
freshly ground black pepper and sea salt - I always use Maldon sea salt

For the dressing:
a handful of flat leaved parsley - leaves only
a few sprigs of fresh thyme - leaves only
1 or 2 red chillies - seeds removed 
2 big fat cloves of garlic
juice of half a lemon
a glug or two of extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to do it:
Put the steaks on a clean plate and rub all over with a little olive oil and black pepper.  Now leave the steaks to come to room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes. 

 After that time you can season the steaks with a little sea salt.  If you put salt on at the beginning the salt will start to take out the juices.  It's vital the steak or any meat is at room temperature before cooking if you want it to be nice and tender.

Meanwhile, you can make the dressing:
Using a nice big wooden chopping board, put all the ingredients onto the board except the olive oil and lemon juice.
Chop away till everything is nice and small - no one wants a huge lump of chilli or garlic in their mouth.

Now add the squeeze over the lemon juice and add a couple of glugs of extra virgin olive oil.  Mix together using the side of the knife and leave to one side till your steaks are ready.
Remember when cooking steak, always oil the steak and not the pan, or you'll just have a smoke filled kitchen.

Heat up your pan - I use a grill pan as I like to see grill marks on my steak!
Make sure it's really hot, then throw on your steak and cook till it's to your liking.  The time of course depends on the thickness of your steak, how hot your pan is and how you like your steak cooked.  For that reason I won't go into too much about cooking times.

For medium rare I cooked my steak for about 2 or 3 minutes each side. 

Remove from the pan and place the steaks onto the board and cover them with the dressing.  Leave to rest for a 3 to 5 minutes before slicing and serving straight away. 

Serve with my roughed up chips:


  1. Love both of these recipes Jan. I think my chips are always "roughed up":D

  2. That looks divine! I remember the show when Jamie made this and I meant to try it as well. Thanks for the reminder. We will be dining on dressed board steak tonight here in Kuala Lumpur!

  3. It's not even 8am yet. Would it be wrong to have steak for breakfast? This has certainly made me hungry.


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