Serving a slice of Scandinavian style

A really special steak sandwich
A really special steak sandwich
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TV chef Valentine Warner is a lover of all things Scandinavian – their crime dramas, design and most of all, their food.

So, he has been busy filming a new ten-part series, ‘Valentine Warner Eats Scandinavia’, starting on the Good Food channel on Monday.

“It’s great food here, really clean food,” he says. “You’ve got the amazing outdoors and it plays a part in the kitchen.”

If you want a taste of Scandinavia, here is one of Warner’s recipes to try.

Open steak sandwiches

(Serves 12)

1kg beef sirloin

4tbsp whipping cream

2tbsp creme fraiche

2tsp Dijon mustard

1/4 horseradish root, grated

12 slices rye bread

6 cornichons (gherkins), sliced

1 shallot, sliced

Walnut oil, to drizzle

1 lemon, half zested and all juiced


Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/Gas Mark 5.

Season the beef generously with salt and pepper.

In an ovenproof pan on a high heat, sear the beef on all sides. Place the pan in the oven for 17 minutes, or until the desired pinkness is achieved.

Beat the whipping cream in a mixing bowl until fairly stiff. Add a dollop of creme fraiche and the Dijon mustard. Mix thoroughly.

Mix the horseradish root with the cream and creme fraiche. Add a pinch of salt and mix to combine.

Slice the rye bread. Slice the beef finely and evenly. Then, layer the sliced beef, horseradish creme, shallots and cornichons onto the rye bread slices.

Drizzle with walnut oil and lemon juice, chop up the fresh chives and sprinkle on top. Add a final grating of lemon zest and serve.