Quick Roasted Silver Fern Farms Beef Eye Fillet Steaks with a Warm Winter Freekeh Salad

, from Issue #72. June, 2017
Quick Roasted Silver Fern Farms Beef Eye Fillet Steaks with a Warm Winter Freekeh Salad

No matter which way you slice it, this warm freekeh salad is a delicious all-in-one winter meal to serve to friends and family. Plate up with your choice of Silver Fern Farms Beef, Lamb or Venison.

Serves: 6


2 x 300-grams packs of Silver Fern Farms Beef Eye Fillet Steaks
2 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt and ground black pepper

Warm Winter Freekeh Salad
400-grams freekeh
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup chopped toasted walnuts
½ cup black olives, stones removed, roughly chopped
½ cup semi-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
⅓ cup finely chopped parsley
⅓ cup finely chopped mint
1½ cups wild rocket or watercress
200-grams feta, crumbled

Pesto dressing
½ cup roughly chopped parsley
1 cup basil leaves
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup grated parmesan
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 220°C.

Remove Silver Fern Farms Beef Eye Fillet Steaks from the fridge and packaging and allow to bloom for 10 minutes at room temperature. Drizzle steaks with oil and season well with salt and pepper. Sear in a frying pan over medium-high heat for 1–2 minutes each side. Transfer to the oven and cook for 7 minutes. Cover with tinfoil and rest for 5 minutes.

To serve: Slice the fillet against the grain and serve with Warm Winter Freekeh Salad, recipe below. Serves 6.

Warm Winter Freekeh Salad

Rinse the freekeh in a sieve with cold running water until the water runs clear.

Bring 2⅓ cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the freekeh and salt, reduce heat to very low, cover and cook for 15–20 minutes until the water is absorbed and the freekeh is fluffy and cooked through. Rest for 10 minutes off the heat, then toss with remaining ingredients and drizzle with the dressing, to serve. 

Pesto dressing: Put all the ingredients in a small food processor and whiz to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Thin to desired consistency with a little water. 


Silver Fern Farms recipe alternatives

For more delicious recipes and tips, visit: silverfernfarms.co.nz/recipes-and-tips

Silver Fern Farms Beef, Lamb and Venison are available at all good supermarkets, nationwide.