Pittsburgh black-and-blue steak sandwich

Pittsburgh black-and-blue steak sandwich

Preparation time

less than 30 mins

Cooking time

less than 10 mins


Serves 2

This classic American recipe uses the smaller, tender end of a beef fillet to create stupendous sandwiches.

By Tom Kerridge
From Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes


  • 2 x 250g/9oz beef fillet tails, trimmed of fat, cut in half lengthways
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp cracked black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground mace
  • 1 tsp ground dried bay leaf (use a pestle and mortar for this)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp sea salt flakes
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 50g/1¾oz butter
  • 2 crusty bread rolls, buttered


  1. Sandwich the fillet tail pieces between two sheets of cling film. Using a rolling pin, flatten the steaks to a 1cm/½in thickness.
  2. Mix the ground coriander, chilli flakes, peppercorns, oregano, mace, ground bay leaf, garlic, salt and vegetable oil in a large bowl until well combined.
  3. Place the flattened steaks in the herb mixture, cover and set aside to marinate for as long as possible.
  4. Heat a large heavy based frying pan over a high heat. When the pan is smoking hot, sear the steaks on one side for one minute, or until they start to blacken. Turn the steaks over and add the butter to the pan, then fry for a further minute.
  5. Place two pieces of steak into each buttered bread roll. Serve immediately.