In our cooking class for this weekend, Outdoor Cooking Class, Wickedfood Cooking School will reveal the delicious secrets of cooking beef on kettlebraais and gas barbecues, including the secret of cooking the ultimate steak, and Béarnaise sauce. Our recipe of the week is an alternative way of cooking a T-bone steak, with thyme-infused butter which enhances the flavour of this skillet-seared steak.



1 x ±1kg (5cm thick) T-bone, club or  prime-rib steak, at room temperature
Course salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2T sunflower or canola oil
4T butter
6 sprigs thyme
1 lemon, halved crosswise

  1. Season the steak heavily on both sides with salt and pepper; let it sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat an oven to 250°C or as high as it will go.
  3. Heat a 20cm cast-iron skillet over a high heat until it begins to smoke. Add oil and the steak. Cook until lightly charred on one side, about 5 minutes.
  4. Flip the steak, and transfer the skillet to the oven. Cook until medium-rare, about ±5-10 minutes.
  5. Transfer the steak to a platter, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, return skillet to the stove over a high heat.
  7. Add the butter, and then thyme and lemon halves, cut sides down. Cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Slice the steak into strips and arrange on a warmed serving platter. Drizzle with butter from skillet. Serve with the lemon wedges.

Serves 4

Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School (076 236-2345 runs team building cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built cooking school in the country. Cookery classes are run in at a time convenient to the client (subject to a minimum charge for 10 people). The venue is also popular for other corporate events and private functions – teambuilding cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference. Our cooking lessons are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and team building cooking classes these events are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.