Steak Strips, Cheesy Wedges and Gravy (1 syn)

In the run up to Christmas, neither myself nor my wife have too much time to mess around cooking in the evenings. Because of this, we try to stick to meals that can be made in under an hour. Yet, we still like to have a meal that feels like it’s had considerably more time to prepare. This Steak Strips, Cheesy Wedges And Gravy recipe certainly fits the bill.

I’ve been getting a little more organised with meal preparation recently. Instead of preparing all the meat and vegetables before I even start cooking, I’ll prepare what I need to get started. Then, I will continue with preparation whilst other things cook. Because of this, the total time for this meal is around 40 minutes. With my old way of cooking, this would have easily taken around an hour.

The gravy that accompanies this dish is delicious. Instead of using carrots, onion and stock, like the Syn Free Gravy recipe, we use mushrooms, onion and red wine stock. We use flour to thicken it which works out at 1 syn per portion. However, it feels like it’s a proper ‘naughty’ gravy. The rest of the recipe is syn free, if using the cheese as your healthy extra A choice.

This Steak Strips, Cheesy Wedges and Gravy recipe is one of those that we’ll be making again. We would probably save it for a weekend, where the temptation for a takeaway / meal out might defeat us.

Steak Strips, Cheesy Wedges and Gravy

Course Main Course
Cuisine English
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • 6 Medium Potatoes Maris Piper, or other floury type
  • 80 g Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 2 Red Onions
  • 1 Punnet Mushrooms
  • 2 Broccoli
  • 500 g Steak Strips Can use diced beef also
  • tbsp Plain Flour
  • 2 Red Wine Stock Pots
  • 400 ml Water


  1. Prepare the wedges. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C. Line a large baking tray with grease proof paper. Cut the potatoes into wedges (there's no need to peel them). Put them in a bowl and spray liberally with fry-light. Toss in the bowl and season with Salt and Pepper. Place the potatoes on the baking tray and put in the top of the oven for around 30-35 minutes until golden. Five minutes before they are cooked, sprinkle them with the grated cheddar and place back in the oven to melt the cheese.

  2. Meanwhile, halve, peel and thinly slice the red onion. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Chop the Broccoli into florets and place them in a bowl. Spray with Fry Light, toss and season with salt and pepper. Place the broccoli to one side and leave for now.

  3. Spray a large frying pan / wok with fry-light and place on a high heat. Season the steak strips with Salt and Pepper and cook for 2 – 3 minutes, until browned. Remove the steak strips and place into a bowl for the time being.

  4. At this point, place the broccoli on the middle shelf of the oven. They should take around 15-20 minutes to cook. After that, add the onions and mushrooms to the pan and cook for around 5-6 minutes, until golden and soft.

  5. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring continually. Add the steak strips (along with any juices), pour in the water and add the stock pots. Stir to dissolve the stock pots and then simmer the sauce until the gravy is glossy and slightly reduced, which will be around 15 minutes.

Recipe Notes

The syns in this recipe are from the plain flour. According to the slimming world website, 1 level tbsp of flour is 2 syns. That makes the recipe 3 syns for 4 people, so calculated at 1 syn each.

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