I love a bit of surf and turf, especially when you are dealing with the best possible ingredients available. This course makes a great light starter or main course.
300-350g sirloin, rib or fillet steak
4 rock oysters, shucked and any juice reserved
A couple handfuls of watercress
Vegetable or corn oil for deep frying
A small piece of fresh horseradish root
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp gluten free self raising flour
Enough chilled sparkling water to mix into a light batter
1 large shallot, peeled, halved and finely chopped
2 tbsp good quality red wine vinegar
6 tbsp extra virgin rapeseed oil
The juice from the oysters
Preheat about 8cm of oil to 160-180°C in a large thick bottomed saucepan or electric deep fat fryer.
Meanwhile lightly oil and preheat a ribbed griddle pan, season the steak well and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, keeping it nice and rare then transfer to a plate to rest. Whilst the steak is cooking mix enough sparkling water into the flour to make a light batter and season. Dip the oysters into the batter and deep fry for 30 seconds or so or until crisp, turning them with a slotted spoon then transfer onto some kitchen paper to drain.
Whisk all of the ingredients together for the dressing and season. Slice up the steak and arrange on serving plates with the watercress, spoon over the dressing, place the oyster on top and grate the horseradish over the top.