Steak and Chips is a great British favourite. Here's a recipe that will ensure you get a really good, flavourful meal perfected through university. It's cheap to make and you can get everything at the local shop so it's not hard to get the ingredients either.
1 packet straight-cut oven chips
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 sirloin steaks
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 pinch salt and ground pepper, to taste
2 pinches mixed herbs, to taste
2 tablespoons instant gravy powder
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Place the oven chips into a baking tray and put into an oven at 230 degrees C for 20 minutes.
Put a grill pan on the stove at the highest setting and add olive oil. Add the steaks and sprinkle with lemon juice.
Sprinkle them each with salt, pepper and a pinch of mixed herbs, to taste.
In about five minutes the steaks will start browning on the bottom and the juices in the pan will start bubbling. With a pair of tongs tilt one of the steaks up. If its brown with grill marks, great; flip them over.
Once flipped, again add a sprinkle of salt, pepper and mixed herbs; continue cooking.
Start preparing for the gravy. It's going to be cheater's gravy. In a mug add instant gravy powder. Boil some water in a kettle.
When the chips are done turn the heat off; don't take them out yet. Take the finished steaks off the heat and transfer to plates to rest.
Pour about half a cup of the boiled water into the empty grill pan, slowly stir with a wooden spoon, scraping up the bits of steak and the juices. Pour the mixture into the mug of gravy powder and stir until dissolved.
Add the chips to the plates and pour the gravy generously over your food.