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Smoky Steak and Spring Onion Nachos

May 22, 2015

Steak Nachos

I could have titled this post, ‘how to begin using up 34 kg of spring onions’. Not 3.4, THIRTY FOUR. Don’t ask. Just don’t. Let’s just say there will be lots of spring onion recipes coming your way very shortly. If you don’t like spring onions, you’re a bit screwed really. You’re also a little bit weird because spring onions are fabulous.

THIRTY FOUR KILOGRAMS.

Anyway these nachos are great. I imagine you could go to the shops and buy some spring onions in order to make them. A distant memory for old muggins here. After you’ve done that, the first step is to get some decent tortilla chips in – no Doritos. Save those for your hangover or whatever late-night toasted cheese and crisp concoctions may surface from the depths of your sick, sick mind – just leave me out of it. Then you want to get a load of tomatoes, garlic, scotch bonnet chillies and peppers and put them in the BBQ for half an hour or so with the lid on, then blend them up. That’s your tomato sauce. Then the spring onions – char them on the BBQ, chop them, mix them with crème fraîche and cheese as per below to make an awesome dip. Save a few onions for garnish. The steak is a steak – sirloin, bavette, whatever you want – grill it to your liking. Rest, then slice and place on top of the tortilla chips, pour over the juices. Add sour cream. Point face-ward. These were so good I’m almost pleased I was forced to come up with the recipe.

***Spring onion usage: – 300g. Only 33.6 kg to go***

Smoky Steak and Spring Onion Nachos Recipe

Tortilla chips (good quality, plain)
Steak (sirloin, bavette, even fillet if you’re into that kind of thing. I wouldn’t use a heavyweight like rib eye for this though)
Sour cream
A few chives, snipped

For the tomato sauce

5 tomatoes
2 scotch bonnet chillies
2 red peppers
2 whole heads of garlic
Couple of sprigs of thyme
Juice 1 lemon

When your BBQ is up to temp and looking ready, whack everything in a tray except the lemon, with a splash of oil, some s and p and leave it in there for about 45 minutes. Allow to cool a little, then remove a bit of the pepper and tomato skin if you can, and also the seeds from the scotch bonnets. Squeeze the half the garlic cloves from their casings and blend it all up. Adjust the seasoning as necessary. You can keep this in the fridge – add a layer of oil on top to lengthen shelf life. I’ve frozen my leftovers.

For the spring onion dip/nacho sauce (whose sauce is it? Nacho sauce! Ha aha haha *eye twitch*)

20 spring onions
3 tablespoons crème fraîche
The remaining head of garlic from the tomato sauce
2 tablespoons Tulum cheese, or feta (crumbled), or other similar white cheese

Coat the spring onions with a little oil, then char the on the BBQ (this is very quick). Chop them up and mix with the other ingredients. Season.

To assemble the nachos

Arrange the chips in a suitable fashion on the plate. Grill the steak (that means get the grill very hot, then season the steak very highly with salt and pepper, then grill it, flipping it regularly to form a nice crust). Rest it, slice it. Put it on the chips. Pour over the juices. Add the other bits and bobs. You know what to do.

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7 Comments

  • Reply Alicia (foodycat) May 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Looks brilliant. Thomasina Miers did a really nice looking charred spring onion mayo in the Guardian a couple of weeks ago that might use up another 100g for you.

    • Helen
      Reply Helen May 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks. Yeah I have loads of ideas, it’s just finding the time to make them all.

      • Reply Catherine May 22, 2015 at 1:15 pm

        Love spring onions. If you need any help with them, glad to take some off your hands.

        I like to eat them washed, root cut off and then dip them in salt.

        • Helen
          Reply Helen May 22, 2015 at 1:56 pm

          Or salad cream or mayo! If I can’t cope then I shall send them your way.

          • Catherine May 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

            Never tried them with mayo, but blended with grated cheese and the mayo on a sandwich would be delish. Or just raw on a cheese sandwich. Also love them in a greek salad.

            If you are overwhelmed with them, happy to collect some.

  • Reply Andy K May 22, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    So I’ve always peeled off the outer layer of spring onions. Which is really annoying and time-consuming even if you don’t have 34kg of them. Do I need to do this or am I just being weird?

    • Helen
      Reply Helen May 22, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      Only if it looks papery and/or manky. I’m not doing them all at once though!

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