Skirt Steak with Crisp Fingerlings

Skirt Steak with Crisp Fingerlings
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About This Recipe

The marriage of local ingredients with classic techniques has always been the hallmark of Napa Valley's culinary scene. One such delightful union is the Skirt Steak with Crisp Fingerlings. Nestled between the rolling vineyards and serene landscape of wine country, this dish is a testament to Napa's rich food history.

If you're a steak enthusiast, you'll be familiar with the multitude of skirt steak recipes that have graced our tables over the years. Each recipe brings its own charm, but this particular one stands out for its infusion of Napa's essence. The secret? A luscious red wine sauce, reminiscent of the valley's world-renowned wines. It's not just any red wine sauce; it's a napa steak sauce, carrying the heritage of our beloved wine country.

Let's delve into its inception. Historically, skirt steak was often overshadowed by its more popular counterparts. However, its potential was realized when local chefs began experimenting with skirt steak marinade ideas. The skirt steak, with its unique grain and texture, became a canvas. And with the abundance of wine in the region, it wasn't long before the wine country steak concept was born.

Now, while the steak holds its own, the Crisp Fingerlings elevate this dish. They offer a delightful contrast - the earthiness of the fingerlings balancing the richness of the grilled skirt steak. The key to their crispness? Napa's golden sun and cool evenings, which ensure these potatoes are of the finest quality.

But what truly sets this dish apart is the integration of wine - both in the recipe and on the side. As a beacon of wine excellence, Napa Valley and its neighboring Sonoma are home to varietals that are not just for sipping but also for enhancing our food. Pairing this dish with the right wine is a journey in itself. A robust Cabernet Sauvignon, like the one from Silver Oak Cellars, complements the dish beautifully. The wine's dark fruit flavors and strong tannic structure resonate with the steak's savory notes. If you're seeking a more classic experience, the peppery notes of a Syrah, particularly one from Lagier Meredith, enhance the meat's rich flavors. For the more adventurous souls, a Tempranillo, with its tantalizing blend of fruit and spice from Artesa Vineyards & Winery, offers an unexpected but delightful contrast.

Beyond the plate, this dish serves as a guide to exploring Napa. For those visiting, imagine enjoying this steak while overlooking the vineyards, perhaps at a local eatery or even a vineyard that offers dining experiences. Places like the Napa Valley Wine Train not only offer a unique way to see the valley but also introduce you to the region's rich beef skirt recipes and other culinary treasures.

For those who've always been intrigued by California's wine country, this Skirt Steak with Crisp Fingerlings is more than just a meal; it's a story. It's about the fusion of land and palate, tradition and innovation, and most importantly, food and wine. It's a narrative that speaks of sun-kissed vineyards, the rustling leaves of the old oak trees, the cool breeze that carries whispers of the Pacific, and the warmth of a community that cherishes its roots.

In essence, this dish isn't just a testament to Napa's culinary prowess but also an invitation. An invitation to explore, to taste, and to immerse oneself in the tapestry of flavors, aromas, and experiences that is Napa Valley. So, whether you're cooking this in your kitchen or planning a trip to wine country, remember that with every bite, you're savoring a piece of Napa's soul. Cheers!

Hero Ingredient Spotlight: Skirt Steak

Skirt steak, often hailed as a grill master's dream, is the epitome of flavor and versatility. Cut from the diaphragm of the cow, this elongated cut is renowned for its robust beefy taste and quick-cooking advantage. Its popularity in beef skirt recipes is evident, but it truly shines when paired with elements that accentuate its innate flavors, like in our wine country-inspired recipe. The grainy texture, when cooked just right, absorbs marinades beautifully, making it an exceptional choice for dishes that require a deep infusion of flavors, especially the beloved skirt steak marinade.

How to Achieve the Perfect Skirt Steak Sear

  1. High Heat is Essential: Ensure your pan or grill is smoking hot. This ensures a quick sear, locking in the juices.
  2. Pat the Steak Dry: Before placing it on the grill or pan, ensure the steak is dry. This helps in achieving a beautiful brown crust.
  3. Avoid Overcrowding: If cooking multiple pieces, make sure they don’t touch. Overcrowding can steam the meat rather than sear it.
  4. Short Cooking Time: Given its thin nature, skirt steak cooks quickly. Typically, 2-3 minutes on each side achieves a medium-rare finish.
  5. Rest Before Slicing: Letting the steak rest for a few minutes ensures the juices redistribute. Always slice against the grain for maximum tenderness.

FAQs about Skirt Steak with Crisp Fingerlings

  1. Can I substitute another cut of beef for skirt steak? Absolutely! Flank steak or hanger steak can be a good alternative. Just adjust the cooking time based on thickness.
  2. How can I store leftover steak and fingerlings? Store them in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator. They should be consumed within 3 days for optimal freshness.
  3. I have a gluten allergy. Is this recipe suitable? Yes, this recipe doesn't contain gluten. However, always check wine labels for any additives or agents that might be of concern.
  4. Which other herbs can I use besides rosemary? Thyme or oregano can be great alternatives to rosemary, adding a slightly different but equally aromatic touch.
  5. Is a cast-iron skillet necessary for this dish? While a cast-iron skillet is excellent for even heat distribution and achieving a perfect sear, other heavy-bottomed skillets or grills can also work well.

Tips for Success

  1. Marinade Matters: Though our recipe centers around a rich napa steak sauce, marinating the steak a few hours before can amplify flavors. Experiment with ingredients like soy sauce, citrus juices, or even a splash of the same red wine for a deeper wine country steak experience.
  2. Potato Size Consistency: When cutting fingerlings, aim for even halves. Consistency ensures even roasting and the desired crispness.
  3. Sauce Reduction: The red wine sauce should be simmered until it achieves a syrupy consistency. This concentrates the flavors and ensures it clings to the steak perfectly. Remember, patience is key for a delectable sauce!

By understanding the nuances of ingredients and mastering a few techniques, the Skirt Steak with Crisp Fingerlings can transform from a simple meal to a culinary masterpiece reminiscent of Napa's rich food culture. Happy cooking!

Recipe Overview

Skirt Steak with Crisp Fingerlings
Lily Anderson
4 servings
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Ingredients List


  • 1 lb skirt steak, trimmed
  • 1 lb fingerling potatoes, washed and halved lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine (preferably a local Napa variety)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, toss the fingerling potatoes with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, half of the minced garlic, and half of the chopped rosemary. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread the potatoes on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown.
  4. While the potatoes are roasting, season the skirt steak generously with salt and pepper.
  5. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Once hot, add the steak and sear for about 2-3 minutes on each side for medium-rare.
  6. Remove the steak from the skillet and let it rest on a cutting board.
  7. In the same skillet, add the butter, remaining garlic, and rosemary. Once the butter has melted, pour in the red wine. Let the sauce simmer and reduce by half.
  8. Slice the steak against the grain into thin strips. Arrange on a platter with the crisp fingerlings. Drizzle the red wine sauce over the steak and potatoes. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

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