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cider steak sandwich

A classic grilled steak sandwich elevated with seasonal slow cooked cider caramelized onions, dressed with rocket leaves, and good quality sweet & smokey mustard paired with a cider gravy for dunking.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Burgers & Sandwiches
Servings: 6
Author: the communal feast


  • 2 large sirloin steaks fat trimmed
  • 3-4 large yellow onions thinly sliced
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves removed from stem
  • cider gravy:
  • steak drippings
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme removed from stem
  • 1 tsp worcestershire
  • 1 tsp quality mustard
  • 1 TBS cold butter
  • For serving:
  • small ciabatta buns
  • handful of arugula
  • good quality mustard


  • In a dutch oven or large pan melt butter, add the onions and cook on low for about 30 minutes stirring occasionally until the onions are soft and start to appear golden. They should appear almost jammy when caramelized. Add the thyme and slowly add the apple cider a little at a time until cooked down and absorbed by the onions. Remove from heat and transfer into a bowl. Set aside until ready to serve.
  • Allow the steaks to come to room temperature before cooking. Heat a grill over medium-high heat. Season steaks with olive oil, salt and pepper. Sear on each side for 3-4 minutes for medium rare. Let rest under foil for 5 minutes. Cut into 1/2 inch strips.
  • To make the gravy: In the same pan as the onions, reheat 2 TBS of cider onions, when warmed add the steak drippings to the pan and allow to cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add the apple cider and worcestershire to the pan cooking until slightly reduced, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add thyme, mustard and butter. vigorously whisk until combined and thickened. The gravy shouldn't be super thick but just enough that it will coat the steak nicely.
  • To serve: toast ciabatta, spread with mustard, generously layer cider onions, top with steak strips, spoon 1 tsp of the gravy overtop steak, finish with a handful of fresh rocket.
  • Serve immediately.