Steak with Crispy Garlic Potatoes

Nuvita Biscuits

This quick play on meat and potatoes celebrates a juicy — yet affordable — cut of beef.


  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds red new potatoes, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, cut into 4 equal pieces
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 2 bunches watercress (about 12 ounces total), thick ends removed or a green salad of your choice


  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Finely chop garlic, and sprinkle with salt. Using a chef’s knife, press flat side of blade back and forth across garlic to make a paste. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in thyme and 1 tablespoon oil. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss potatoes with garlic mixture; bake until browned on underside, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet or grill pan over high. Season steaks with salt and pepper, and cook (in two batches if necessary) until medium-rare, 3 to 6 minutes per side (depending on thickness of steak). Transfer to a plate to rest.
  3. While steaks rest, make salad: In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, Dijon, and remaining oil; season with salt and pepper. Add watercress, and toss to combine. Serve steaks with potatoes and salad.
Cook’s NoteBecause they are well marbled, skirt steaks can go in a hot skillet without added fat. Cook them to medium-rare so they’ll be tender, not tough.





Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Denali on Mar 16, 2013

    I have a container of coarse sea salt in my room. I can’t help but eat it by itself. Could I become addicted? What could happen?
    The only reason it’s in my room is so I can make sea salt spray for recent piercings.

  2. posted by Big Banger on Mar 18, 2013

    I have a pound of tuna fish and don’t know what to cook or make.

  3. posted by Alun J on Mar 21, 2013

    Do you have any kick ass recipes? I like to come up with my own kind of food and stuff, and I wanted to try something really original. It might put my mom at ease if she knew it had already been tested.

    Any kind of recipes, dinner, snack, lunch, whatever is a-okay with me. :)

  4. posted by Bryan J on Mar 22, 2013

    i am tired of making the same thing..meat potatoes (chicken,steak,turkey bugers) and no more chicken tacos. so can someone please help me out with ideas. keep in mind 17 month old needs to eat dinner also :) Thanks al in advance
    lol..i dont eat seafood.
    recipes would help please and thanks
    i will NOT feed my 17 month old fast food. i wont even eat it! and why go out when i can cook at home for free? duh

  5. posted by morbiusdog on Mar 23, 2013

    Just wondering. I started smashing then eating garlic cloves about a week ago because my mom said it was good for you. I find them rather tasty actually. But what actual benefits does it have?

  6. posted by nick s on Mar 23, 2013

    I have lost my recipe book that it came with and would like some wonderful recipes. Thanks for your help.

  7. posted by Oilers on Mar 24, 2013

    So, I have some potatoes that I want to transform into FRENCH FRIES. Now, I don’t have a deep fryer, so it has to be an oven recipe. I want it to be crispy, without too much seasoning. Is there a trick to make them crispier? Like putting them in sugar water or in the refrigerator or what? HELP!

  8. posted by Spider Pc on Mar 24, 2013

    Need ideas of something to make that doesnt require buying a loy of ingredients, but is really flavorful and yummy :)

  9. posted by borabora5524 on Mar 26, 2013

    I watch Food Network and I notice that every single one of the chefs do that when they cook…. Do you HAVE to smack the garlic cloves???

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