$20 Menu Challenge - Elements Global Cuisine (#2)

ELEMENTS GLOBAL CUISINE 3 COURSE


MEAT DINNER FOR 2 -$18.77


APPETIZER: BEEF TIPS


MAIN COURSE: FLANK STEAK BOCA


DESSERT: BROWNIES


APPETIZER Ingredients


8 Oz. Beef Tips


1/8 Cup (1/4 stick) unsalted butter


1/2 Cup strong brewed Coffee


1 Cube Beef Bouillon (diluted in 1/4 Cup Water)


1/2 mini bottle Coffee liqueur e.g. Kahlua


1/4 tsp dried Sage


Salt and Pepper to Taste


5 Oz. Mixed Greens


In a large pan melt the butter over medium heat, add the beef tips, saute until nicely browned, add the coffee, bouillon, coffee liqueur, sage and salt and pepper to taste. stir until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Divide the mixed greens between 2 plates, top with the beef tips and coffee glaze.


MAIN COURSE Ingredients


1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil


12 Oz. Flank Steak


4 Oz. Chimichurri Sauce (Badia)


1/4 tsp Red Pepper flakes


1 Lemon, juiced


1/2 tsp Dried parsley


1 large Sweet Potato, (1 inch cubes)


2 Cups Green beans


1 tsp Marjoram


Salt and Pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Bring water in pot to boil, add pinch of salt and add green beans, cook till tender, drain and add the marjoram. Salt and Pepper the Flank steak. In large oven proof saute pan heat 1/4 Cup vegetable oil, add the Flank, brown on both sides, then place in oven for 3-4 minutes for rare (2 more minutes for Medium).


In another pan heat the remaining vegetable oil and place the diced sweet potato, add some salt and pepper and parsley, saute till cooked through (4-5 minutes), stirring occasionally. Remove the flank from the oven and let rest.


Pour the chimichurri in a small pan and add the red pepper flakes, lemon juice and parsley, heat over medium heat. Slice the Flank against the grain and divide amongst the 2 plates, fanning out the slices, top with the chimichurri, serve with the sweet home fried potatoes & green beans.


DESSERT Ingredients


Nonstick vegetable oil spray


3 Oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped finely


3 Oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped finely


1/2 stick unsalted butter


1/4 Cup Sugar


1/2 mini bottle Coffee liqueur e.g. Kahlua


2 Large eggs


1/8 Oz. Vanilla Extract


1/4 cup All purpose flour


1/8 tsp Salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a 5" x 7" loaf pan with non stick spray. Combine the chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan, stirring over low heat till melted. Cool 2-3 minutes. In an electric mixer beat sugar,coffee liqueur, eggs, vanilla till thickened and fully incorporated (about 3 minutes), then add the flour and salt, finally the melted chocolate. Transfer the mixture to loaf pan. Bake brownies for 15 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out semi dry. Let cool for 15 minutes, invert unto a plate and slice into 4 squares. 2 for dinner and 2 for breakfast.

Elements Global Cuisine — my new heroes of frugal cooking — have another $20 Menu Challenge dinner to serve up. This time, beef-eaters can get their nosh on, all for less than a double sawbuck. Recipes after the break:

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