Cheap eats: Flank steak with sautéed potatoes and roasted vegetables

I love all manner of steak from T-bone to fillet and everything in between. I simply adore it! There is no greater culinary pleasure then the moment you pop a chunk of perfectly cooked cow meat into your mouth.

So with that in mind and the fact this is a budget recipe I bring you the flank steak. The flank is cut from the abdominal muscles of the cow. It’s a delicious cut, not particularly expensive and has versatility when it comes to cooking options- frying, broiling, and braising all included.

I believe it’s also the same cut Lady Gaga wore as a dress (the world we live in!)


Cuts of flank steak- 1 per person

Glug of lemon infused olive oil.

Mixed vegetables- I went for tomatoes, spring onion, sweet white onion, courgette, chestnut mushrooms and broccoli.

New potatoes- 2-3 per person

Olive oil (for frying potatoes and for prepping the steak)

Salt & Pepper (for seasoning and prep)

Let’s begin:

Pre heat the oven fan 180C/200C/gas mark 5 and put a roasting dish with high sides in to get hot too.

Chop your veg into good size chunks; keep the mushrooms whole as they cook quickly. Once the oven is hot put your chopped vegetables in the dish, season with salt & pepper and drizzle over a fair bit of lemon olive oil.

Cook the oily veg for 30-40 mins, give them a good mix around after 20 minutes and make sure nothing is burning. While this is cooking rub the steak with olive oil, salt and pepper and let it breath at room temperature.

Cut your potatoes into slices and par boil in salted water. Cook until slightly soft and then drain.

Heat a half table spoon of your lemon oil in a frying pan and cook the potatoes until golden brown on both sides.

For the steak heat a dry pan on a high heat and only add the steak when a drop of water hisses and disappears on the pan.

Add the flank and cook on a high heat. Mine were quite thick so I did them for about 4 minutes on each side. Keep the heat high and be sure not to turn the steak too much. I like mine rare so add more time accordingly. If you like your steak well done (unless it’s for some bizarre medical reason) go kill yourself right now or at least become a vegan because you can’t be trusted!

Let the flank rest covered with foil while you plate up the roasted vegetables and sautéed potatoes.

When that’s all done, serve and enjoy with a glass of your favourite red wine.


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