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The 5* £5 budget steak dinner – Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and homemade triple cooked chips – Perfect for Valentine’s Day
Posted on February 10, 2018

Skirt Steak with chimichurri sauce

Low on money and looking for some inspiration on how to show your loved one how much they mean to you without breaking the bank? Look no further!

There’s no need to turn to borrowing to splash out on an expensive meal, when you can show them how much they mean in the comfort of your own home.

We’ve rustled up a recipe that will wow any meat lover, saving you money, which is perfect for any romantic date night. What’s even more to love is that it’s easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes to cook.

Our chosen favourite – Skirt steak!

Many people may not have heard of skirt steak before, but take our word for it – it’s an incredible cut which is packed full of flavour and can be tender if cooked and cut right.

Served with an incredible and easy to make chimichurri sauce which is a Brazilian and Argentina favourite, this is a dish guaranteed to have you watering at the mouth wanting more.

Where to buy the steak from

  • Any local butchers and most butcher’s counters of the big supermarket will stock it.
  • Tesco butchers have it on sale for £9/KG, either pop in to your local store or you can buy it here.
  • We recommend 0.5kg for 2 people, at an unbelievable price of £4.50!

Ingredients needed

For the steak

  • Skirt Steak 0.5kg
  • Butter
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Olive oil

Chimichurri Sauce

  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 cup fresh coriander
  • 1/4 cup dried oregano
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • ½ an onion
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Chilli or chilli flakes (optional)

Triple Cooked Chips

  • Maris piper potatoes

Chips seasoning (optional)

  • Salt & pepper
  • Paprika
  • Dried garlic
  • Onion powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Chilli flakes (optional if you like heat)

This may seem like a lot of ingredients but most people will find a lot of the dried herbs in your cupboard already. However, we do always recommend buying fresh herbs as it makes a big difference in the taste!

Ready? Let’s get started!

Chimichurri sauce

There’s no cooking involved with this sauce and it’s so easy to make and packed full of flavour – we don’t doubt you’ll be making this again very soon.

  1. Finely dice ½ an onion and chilli, then crush/finely chop the garlic and add to a bowl
  2. Finely chop the parsley and coriander add to the same bowl
  3. Then add to the bowl red wine vinegar, lime juice, oregano, chilli flakes (optional) and mix well
  4. Add the olive oil and salt & pepper and mix again. Store in fridge till ready to use

Sauce done – How quick and simple was that?

Prep your chips

  1. Cut the potatoes to resemble a chip – leave the skin on if you prefer a crunchier chip!
  2. Rinse the chips under cold water to remove the starch, until the water runs clear.
  3. Place the chips in salted boiling water for around 12 minutes
  4. Drain chips and toss in colander to ‘fluff up’ then leave to one side to dry out.

Time to cook the steak

Before cooking the steak, remove it from the fridge at least an hour before so that the steak is at room temperature.

Cooking time varies with each steak depending on the thickness. I would recommend cooking the steak medium rare which will be around 2-3 minutes per side.

  1. Drizzle some olive oil on both sides off the steak and season heavily with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat your pan on the stove and leave it heating until it’s smoking hot.
  3. Add a splash off olive oil into the pan then place your steaks into the pan.

  1. Cook the steak for 2-3 minutes per side.
  2. Once the timer has 30 seconds to go, add a knob or two of butter, thyme, rosemary and garlic to base the steak with the flavoured butter.
  3. Remove steak and place in tinfoil, pour over all juice and herbs from the pan and wrap in tin foil to rest for at least 10 minutes

Cooking the chips

We recommend using a deep fat fryer for the chips, however if you don’t have one then you can use an oven.

Deep fat fryer

  1. Pre heat the deep fat fryer to 130 degrees. Once it has reached the temperature add the chips and cook for 10 minutes. This will cook the chips but and not brown them.
  2. After ten minutes, remove the chips and turn the fryer up to 190degrees.
  3. Once fryer has reached 190 degrees add the chips back in until brown (roughly 2-4 minutes)

Oven cooked

  1. Place the chips in the oven at 180Degrees for around 25 minutes.
  2. Flip the chips half way through cooking and cook until golden brown.

Optional seasoning for the chips

  1. Add all seasoning ingredients to a pestle and mortar and crush.
  2. If you don’t have a pestle and mortar simply to add to a bowel and crush.
  3. Once crushed, add to chips and stir.

Cut and present

  1. It’s important with Skirt steak that when cutting, you cut across the grain. This tenderises the steak giving it the mouth-watering texture. Cut thinly and present on a board or plated and pour any juices over the steak and serve.

We hope you enjoy this show stopping dish!

The My-QuickLoan team 🙂

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