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Mum’s braising steaks


Serves four:

Lapjes van Moeke. At the beginning of last century a Dutch country girl, who always had to eat mash,  sighed:  ‘If I were a queen I would eat  French beans with potatoes and sauce every day’. And I know families who did! With cauliflower the fat green bean is the most eaten vegetable in the Netherlands. Combined with braising steak it is a Sunday dish. A good Dutch house wife has to know how to stew the meat until it is soft as butter.

Dutch beef is traditionally very lean. Not out of modern fat anxiety – Mum always braised her steaks in pounds of good butter –  but because it is milk cattle.