Char-grilled Fillet Steak with Red Onion Marmalade and Spinach

2 x 175g filet steaks
100g St Agur cheese, crumbled
Onion marmalade
1 tbsp olive oil
15g butter
2 red onions, finely sliced
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper
300g baby spinach, washed
15g butter, diced

Make the onion marmalade. Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan over a medium-low heat and add the red onions. Cook gently for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very soft and starting to caramelize. Add the sugar, balsamic vinegar and seasoning and cook for a further 10 minutes, again stirring from time to time.
Place the spinach in a large saucepan with just 3 tbsp of water, cover and cook over a medium heat for 6-8 minutes until the spinach starts to wilt. Stir in the butter and nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Drain well.

Heat a griddle pan over a high heat, brush with 1 tbsp olive oil, and griddle the steaks for 10-12 minutes on each side, depending on how well done you like your steak. Alternatively, cook the steaks under a hot grill.
Divide the spinach between two plates, top with the steak and onion marmalade then scatter with cheese and serve.

This recipe was first published on in February 2002.
This recipe is from Waitrose Food Illustratedy grated nutmeg

Leave out the cheese if you want to reduce the fat content in this hearty, yet romantic dish.

Serves: 2
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

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