What’s better than steak? Juicy, tender and totally halal steak delivered to your door that’s what. Halalnivore are a brand new gourmet meat club supplying high quality halal products to the UK. I had the opportunity recently to try a few of their products and have a go at whipping up some phat (yes, I said it…) burgers and steaks for a totally meaty meal.
Long term readers of this blog will know that I lived in London when I started this blog a couple of years ago. Being the multicultural metropole that London is, you can pretty much find halal meat on your doorstep. I literally had to walk about 10 minutes to be able to have a totally diverse selection of halal meat. Since getting married, however, I’ve moved to a much quieter part of the country where shops selling halal meat are few and far in between. Not only that but getting your hands on decent beef steaks over here is no easy feat, I tell you that. So as a meat loving halal foodie out here in these rural ends, I was delighted by the opportunity to try out the products offered by Halalnivore.
The premise is simple: go online and select from a range of top notch quality meat products and they deliver right to your front door. And the range of meat offered by Halalnivore is as impressive as the concept behind their service. From Angus beef burgers to Brazilian rib eye steaks and Australian rump steaks, there is something to satisfy every meat lover. I can’t confess to being a steak expert so I already feel like I’ve learnt a bit about different cuts and types of meat from reading their website and using their products.
All orders are shipped using a tracked delivery service and the meat comes vacuum packed in a well-insulated box that is kept cool with ice packs. The steaks can be either kept in the fridge for a couple of days or stored in the freezer to use when convenient for you.
We cooked up a couple of sirloin steaks and some of Halalnivore’s Angus beef burgers for a meaty Sunday meal on a cold winter’s day. The steaks were super juicy and tender much to our surprise and enjoyment. I was actually quite apprehensive cooking the steaks as I knew full well how easy it is to badly cook steaks. In fact, I’d tried so many tough and chewy steaks at halal restaurants that I’d kind of given up on steak. But now I know you can make it better yourself at home! Though if you’re like me, you may need a timer next to you to ensure precision. We served the burgers in gourmet brioche buns, because you know that seems to be the trend these days and paired them with masala spice thick chips.
I did lots of research on how to best cook a steak before I even thought of attempting to cook one up myself. We don’t have a grill nor was it really the weather for a BBQ so I used a cast iron pan that I allowed to heat up until it was screaming hot. I had left the steaks to marinade in a rub for just over an hour and then let them cooked after minimally brushing the pan in oil. We served the steaks medium rare so it was just blushing pink on the outside which contrasted nicely with dark and crusted exterior.
I tried 2 kinds of rubs: a simple salt and pepper rub using Himalayan pink salt and a chipotle rub from Spicentice here. The chipotle rub had a satisfying smoky and spicy taste that went well with the steak. We tried both peppercorn and bearnaise sauces with the steaks though my preference was definitely peppercorn. This was my first attempt and making steak and I was really happy with the results so now I can’t wait to try making it again. I would definitely recommend using Halalnivore to my fellow UK based halal foodies and know that I will be using their services again in the future.
- 8oz sirloin steak
- 2-3 tbsp chipotle rub/seasoning
- 1-2 tbsp oil
- In a dish or plate, place a few tablespoons of chipotle seasoning rub, or any rub of your choice.
- Coat the steak with the rub liberally on both sides and leave to marinade at room temperature for at least 1 hour.
- To cook, heat up a cast iron and coat lightly with vegetable oil. Once the pan is smoking hot, place the steak to sear and cook on the first side for 2 minutes 15 seconds for medium rare. Then flip the steak and allow to cook for a further 2 minutes 15 seconds.
- Remove from pan and place on a dish and cover loosely with foil. Allow the steak to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Disclaimer: I was sent products to try for the purposes of this post but all views expressed are my own.