Steak with Rafiki Gland Sauce

We like our Lion King Steak RAWR with Monkey Gland Sauce and Sweet Potato Fries to the side.

Servings

2

Ready In:

30 mins

Good For:

Dinner

Inspiration from

The Lion King

The Lion King is a classic Disney movie with ties to William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Macbeth. Lion King is about Simba, a young lion cub who is set to be king is setup by the kings brother, Scar, for killing the King, Mufasa. Simba runs away whilst the kingdom is run to the ground by Scar. Simba finds himself in the care of Timon and Pumbaa until he is reunited with his best friend, Nala, and returns to Pride Rock!

For this recipe, I’ve chosen Rafiki as the core of inspiration. I wanted to make a steak recipe to keep with the lion theme, but needed a sauce to go with it. I chose a Monkey Gland Sauce because of its name and ties to South Africa. It is very popular with burgers in South African fast food chains. Despite its name, it does not contain any monkeys!

“At the time the sauce was developed, there was a lot of speculation in the popular medical press regarding the use of monkey glands as a means of keeping young due to the pseudoscience of Russian quack doctor Serge Voronoff.” – Wikipedia

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Ingredients

  • 2 fillet Steaks
  • Sweet Potato (cut into chips/fries)
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • Olive oil
  • Dill (garnish)

For the Sauce:

  • 1 Onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger (ground)
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 100g Mango Chutney
  • 100g Tomato Puree
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Red Wine
  • 150ml Vegetable Stock
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper

A lot of this recipe is for making the sauce. You can use this sauce with any kind of beef meal or alongside a meat-free alternative. The sauce can be served hot or cold, once cooked, and can be kept for 2 weeks in the fridge, or up to 6 months in the freezer! I’ve also chosen sweet potato fries but feel free to choose your sides to suit your tastes.

When cooking the steak, make sure you get it how you like it. A good rule of thumb is to do the finger/thumb test. This way, you can cook the steak how you and your partner prefer without worrying if it’s under or overcooked.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Salade Niçoise
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Salade Niçoise
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Salade Niçoise
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Salade Niçoise

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat oven to its highest setting, ideally 250ºC / Fan 230ºC / Gas Mark 9. Blanch the potato sticks in a large pan of boiling water for 3 mins, then drain well.

Step 2

Mix the flour and paprika together and dip each of the chips in the mixture. Place on a roasting tray then drizzle with oil. Bake for about 15-20 mins, turning the potatoes at least twice, until golden brown and crisp.

Step 3 

Meanwhile, make your sauce. Fry the onions, garlic and ginger in the butter until the onions are soft and translucent.

Step 4

Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and cook over medium to high heat for 10 minutes, stirring often.

Step 5

Fry your steak according to your choices. Use the finger/thumb test to get the rarity correct.

Step 6

Serve the cooked steak with the monkey gland sauce over. Sit your fries alongside and garnish them with some dill.

Steak with Rafiki Gland Sauce

We like our Lion King Steak RAWR with Monkey Gland Sauce and Sweet Potato Fries to the side.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African
Keyword: Lion King
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 Fillet Steak
  • 1 Sweet Potato cut into chips
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • Olive Oil
  • Dill garnish

For the Sauce

  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger ground
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 100 g Mango Chutney
  • 100 g Tomato Puree
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Red Wine
  • 150 ml Vegetable Stock
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to its highest setting, ideally 250ºC / Fan 230ºC / Gas Mark 9. Blanch the potato sticks in a large pan of boiling water for 3 mins, then drain well.
  • Mix the flour and paprika together and dip each of the chips in the mixture. Place on a roasting tray then drizzle with oil. Bake for about 15-20 mins, turning the potatoes at least twice, until golden brown and crisp.
  • Meanwhile, make your sauce. Fry the onions, garlic and ginger in the butter until the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and cook over medium to high heat for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Fry your steak according to your choices. Use the finger/thumb test to get the rarity correct.
  • Serve the cooked steak with the monkey gland sauce over. Sit your fries alongside and garnish them with some dill.

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