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Summer is in full swing and I can think of nothing better than a quick, deliciously juicy New Zealand Pork steak on the barbecue. So I’ve teamed up with NZ Pork to show you the ‘6+2+2’ method (explained below) which will give you a beautifully tender result that pairs perfectly with my punchy olive tapenade and creamy potato salad.
Why wait? Grab some New Zealand Pork and get that barbecue cranking.
8 x 2cm thick New Zealand Pork Loin Steaks
700g new season baby potatoes
1 tablespoon capers
½ cup finely diced gherkins
1/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
2/3 cup mayonnaise
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
2 anchovy fillets (optional)
1 small garlic clove
Pinch of chilli flakes
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
Potato Salad: Boil the potatoes until tender, then drain and allow to cool. (You can do this a day ahead and store them in the fridge.)
In a large bowl, mix the capers, gherkins, parsley and mayonnaise.
Roughly chop the potatoes into small pieces and add to the bowl. Season with a pinch of salt and a couple of twists of freshly ground black pepper and mix until well combined. (The salad can be made ahead, which will also allow the flavours to develop.)
Tapenade: Place all the ingredients in a small food processor and blend until you have a coarse purée. Season to taste with salt and pepper then tip the tapenade into a serving container and set aside. (The tapenade can be made ahead – it will keep in the fridge for a week, but is best served at room temperature.)
New Zealand Pork
Preheat your barbecue to a high heat. Remove your New Zealand Pork steaks from the fridge so they can come up to room temperature, as this will help them cook more quickly and more evenly. The ideal thickness for the 6+2+2 method is a 2cm thick New Zealand Pork Loin Steak.
Once your barbecue is nice and hot it’s time to cook your steaks using the ‘6+2+2’ method.
Season the steaks with salt and place them on the barbecue for 6 minutes.
Flip the steaks and cook for a further two minutes, then remove and allow them to rest for two minutes. ‘6+2+2’ – perfect every time.
Serve your rested New Zealand Pork Steaks with a healthy dollop of olive tapenade and that gorgeous, creamy potato salad.