In the mood for a juicy steak? Get excited about these Italian-inspired sides, because they might just be as juicy as the steak, if not juicier! #TheChefsLine
27 Apr 2017 - 11:54 AM  UPDATED 27 Apr 2017 - 12:23 PM

Cooking a steak can be a fine art.

Expect the steak of all steaks to grace our screens for Italian week on #TheChefsLine - bistecca alla Fiorentina. This T-bone cut steak can typically weigh between 800 grams - 1.2 kilos and once cooked, season it with a little salt, pepper and olive oil. 

You focus on the steak, we've got your sides sorted, with these Italian-inspired recipes, salads, veggies, crisp cauliflower and of course, polenta! At this rate, you'll be eating the sides before the steak, they're that good.

1. Panzanella

No cooking required, this no-fuss bread salad combines tomato, basil and slices of ciabatta or panini.

2. Homemade mozzarella and fig salad

Homemade mozzarella, homemade sourdough, all drizzled with balsamic - what's not to love about this bright babe?

3. Potato polenta with onion, cheese and tomato

This tastes just as delicious as it sounds. Another way to wow with a mash, the mountainous region of Trentino calls on a polenta using spuds. Get your stirring arm ready!

4. My mother's roast capsicum salad

No family feast gets under way in Silvia Colloca's household without her mum’s vibrant roast capsicum salad. Happily roast, peel and marinate so the fun can begin.

5. Cabbage salad with chilli, mint and sesame seeds

Don't be deterred by the possibilities that cabbage presents. This salad gives a nice chilli flavour that balances well with the freshness and crispness of the cabbage and it's all in the perfect seasoning to make this salad a memorable one.

Cabbage salad with chilli, mint and sesame seeds

6. Chickpea and caraway seed cauliflower, black olives and rosemary

Chickpea flour has an excellent toasty flavour that works well in this recipe, the olives give it a burst of saltiness, and the smell and savouriness of caraway always works wonders. This side will quickly turn into an antipasto to snacking plate in no time.

7. Salsa verde

Salsa verde literally translates to "green sauce". This gives you great scope to mix any combination of herbs, parsley, mint, chives, depending on what tickles your fancy.

8. Baby carrots with honey, thyme and parmesan

Carrots and honey are a classic combination and here we are giving it a little Italian bent with the addition of parmesan.

9. Roast potatoes with green olive tapenade

With a side of spud, this dish will have those who standby green with envy whilst you're green with tapenade.


Have we got your attention and your tastebuds? This week, The Chefs' Line is all about Italian food and culture. Tune in 6pm weeknights to SBS and check out the program page for episode guides, cuisine lowdowns, recipes and more.