Oven-Baked Steaks with Lemon
Hey hey... it's been quite some time, hasn't it? Well I promise not to disappoint - I've come to you today with a very simple, very filling, very mess-free altearnative to the usual stove-top steak, with a bundle more flavor and lots of yummy fiddly bits that go perfectly with the side of your choice. Morevover - it's baked in the oven. All you literally have to do is layer the ingredients upon eachother, cover, bake, and serve. Can it get any easier than that? Can it??
Now, I understand - lemon goes great with fish, and goes great with chicken. But steak? Never really heard of this blasphame. It was all very highly experimental, and i had my doubts (one must try and fail after all), but the when the onions, garlic, and peppers in this recipe infused with the lemon slices and herbs and tomato sauce, gently bubbling over the the steak cutlets until they were tender and falling apart, filling the kitchen with a piercingly beautiful aroma that had me salivatng whenever I inhaled, I knew, just KNEW, I had a winner here. Because this recipe calls for tomato suace (or Ketchup) and NOT tomato paste, there is an element of sweetness to it that goes phenomenally well with the lemon, garlic and steak combination.
A word of note though - you dont have to actually eat the lemons once they're cooked (unless that's your thing of course). They're there solely for the flavor.
6 steak cutlets (knuckle-steaks are best, but really anything will do)
Salt, black pepper, and nutmeg
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 of each: green, red, and yellow bell pepper, sliced into rings
1 large or 2 small lemon, sliced into rings
For the Sauce:
1 cup tomato ketchup
2 tablespoons bbq sauce
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup water
Preheat the oven to 260.C
Place the steaks in a pyrex or ceramic baking dish, and sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
Sprinkle minced garlic over the seasoned steaks.
Layer the sliced onions over the steaks first, followed by the bell peppers, and then the lemon slices.
Combine the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and stir with a spatula.
Pour the sauce over everything evenly.
Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for 40-60 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 20 minutes uncovered, until the edges and face of the dish are starting to brown. are just starting to brown.
Serve hot with rice, oven-baked fries, or the side of your choice! Enjoy.