Featherblade of Beef with Soy Sauce, Squash and Watercress
Lee Kum Kee

Featherblade of Beef with Soy Sauce, Squash and Watercress

Serves 4
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By Food Urchin

This underused cut of beef is slowly braised down with soy, oyster sauce, chilli and ginger to create a rich and aromatic stew. Paired with autumnal  crushed butternut squash and peppery watercress, this is a delightful dish for a cosy Sunday afternoon.


Braised Beef
1kg beef featherblade, cut into 4 equal portions
1 Tbsp groundnut oil, for frying
500ml beef stock
1 Tbsp honey (optional)

Crushed Butternut Squash
1 butternut squash, seeds removed and halved lengthways
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 Tbsp thyme leaves, chopped
1 tsp nutmeg
50g butter, softened


3 Tbsp  dry sherry
red chilli, chopped
1 knob of ginger, about 5cm long, peeled and grated


1 bunch of watercress, roughly chopped


1 Combine the marinade ingredients, add the featherblade steaks in and coat well. Cover with cling film and leave for at least 1 hour.
2 Preheat the oven to 160°C /140°C (fan). Remove the beef from the marinade, giving it a little shake to remove the chilli or ginger that might burn in the pan.
3 Heat oil over high heat in an ovenproof casserole dish. Add the steaks and quickly sear both sides.
4 Add the remaining marinade and beef stock, stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook in the oven for 3 hours.
5 Meanwhile, place the butternut squash halves on a shallow baking tray, skin-side down. Drizzle a little oil over and place in the oven with the casserole for the final hour of cooking.
6 When done, transfer the steaks to a plate and keep warm. Strain the sauce through a sieve to remove the chilli and ginger. Taste the sauce and add the honey to sweeten if desired.
7 Scoop the soft flesh of the butternut into a bowl and mash with a fork. Season with the chopped thyme, nutmeg and butter.
8 To serve, spoon a good amount of butternut squash mash onto the plate with the beef. Drizzle the remaining sauce and garnish with chopped watercress.
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