The Working Boat’s Steak Focaccia Recipe

The Working Boat’s Steak Focaccia Recipe

We’re so excited that this summer The Working Boat chefs have brought back our best-selling steak focaccia! This long-time customer favourite has graced our menu for many years now and we’re proud to share the recipe with you.

If you want to make a great impression when hosting friends, or are simply trying to get the whole family to agree on what’s for dinner, we have the perfect recipe for you to try at home…

Ingredients (makes one)

  • One 170g beef steak (pavé or minute steak – rump or sirloin will also be great)
  • One individual focaccia roll
  • Blue cheese mayonnaise
  • Sliced red onion
  • Sliced tomato
  • Two slices of smoked bacon
  • Handful of rocket and baby gem lettuce




  • The key with this ‘sandwich’ is getting all your ingredients together and ready before you start cooking
  • The steak: ask your butcher for a pavé or minute steak – you can also get these at your local supermarket. You will easily find rump or sirloin. If you decide on these, trim off any fat and place in a clear food bag or between cling film
  • Bat the steak gently until thin – this will reduce the cooking time by half
  • Season the steak well with sea salt and ground black pepper, then set aside
  • Prepare all your salad ingredients and set aside, making sure to wash everything before use

The blue cheese mayo

This is easy, but totally addictive! All you need is:

  • 50g blue cheese (strong or mild depending on your taste)
  • 100g mayonnaise
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Chopped chives
  • Seasoning
  • To make, crumb the cheese and place in a small bowl
  • Pop in the microwave and cook for twenty seconds at a time. Remove, stir, repeat. When the cheese is soft and gooey, add a spoon of mayonnaise. Pop in microwave again and repeat once more
  • Remove and add the remaining ingredients and stir well creating a smooth mayonnaise. Set aside in a kilner jar or sealed container as this sauce will last in the fridge for another day

Making the sandwich

  • Heat a non-stick frying pan until hot
  • Cut the roll in half, and sear each side in the hot pan until toasted
  • Remove, lightly oil the steak, place carefully in the hot pan and then add the bacon
  • Cook the steak for one to two minutes on each side, then remove from the pan and allow to rest
  • Fill the roll with the prepared salad ingredients
  • After a few minutes, allowing the steak to rest, cut into even slices and lay on the salad in the roll
  • Add a generous dollop of blue cheese mayonnaise, close the roll, and serve

Recommendation from Executive Chef Nick Hodges:

“Choose a garlic sea salt and rosemary focaccia to compliment the steak and combine amazing flavours.

Fancy giving our recipe a go?

Show us your creations by tagging us in your photos using @theworkingboat #theworkingboat. Or head on down with friends for a taster at the pub!