Tell her that from Australia to Zanzibar, people are smitten by the exotic, fragrant and creamy indulgence of Amarula. Last year, the Spirit of Africa won the Liqueur of the Year title at the New York International Spirits Competition. This year it features on the top ten list of the most popular and talked about liqueur brands, according to Drinks International, the UK based magazine that polled the top 100 bars across the world’s trendiest cities to find out what women (and men) want.
When you’ve presented your mum with a bottle of Amarula and given her a glass, prepare this delicious dish that takes no more than a few minutes. It sends all the right cues in reminding her just how much she means to you.
- 4 x 200 g beef fillet steaks
- 15 ml olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 10 ml finely chopped chilli
- 125 ml Amarula
- 60 ml tomato puree
- 250 ml beef stock
- 45 ml red wine or red vinegar
- 30 g dark chocolate
- Side salad, for serving
Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan and sauté onion, garlic and chilli for about 2 minutes. Add the Amarula, tomato puree, beef stock, red wine or red vinegar and dark chocolate and stir well. Simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes and set aside.
Cover a griddle pan with some olive oil and heat until piping hot. Grill the steaks for 3 to 4 minutes per side until medium-rare (depending on the thickness of the steaks). Serve covered with the chocolate chilli and Amarula sauce, with a side salad.
ENJOY / LEKKER EET