Unless you're cooking for a special occasion, steak or other prime cuts of beef probably aren't the best types of meat to serve at a dinner party. If you're buying for multiple people, most cuts of beef will quickly break the bank. However, a filling steak dinner -- with plenty of meat to go around -- on the cheap isn't totally out of the cards... if you know what to get and how to cook it perfectly. Really, we can prove it.
In a new episode of Thrillist's brand-new series, $30 Dinner Party, host Lee Kalpakis heads to Bushwick, Brooklyn to meet up with guest, Eldar Nazyrov, who'd like to throw a wallet-friendly dinner party for friends while he continues to save for his passion, travel. Eldar hails from Russia, where grilling is basically a national sport, so he's hoping to make a meal with delicious grilled meat as the centerpiece. While most steaks would easily exceed Eldar's $30 budget, Lee knows just the dish that will meet his carnivorous criteria without breaking the bank: London broil. From there, they build out the menu to include a wedge salad with lemon dill yogurt, crispy smashed potatoes, quick pickles, and sparkling vodka mint coolers.
Watch as Lee and Eldar plan the meal, pick up the ingredients at local grocery stores, cook each dish step-by-step, and serve a complete steak dinner to positive reviews from his guests. And, yes, all four dishes (and the drinks) cost less than 30 bucks -- $29.61, to be exact. Lee and Eldar prove that you can indeed serve a hearty and delicious steak dinner for multiple people on a tiny budget. He manages to entertain his friends with great food and still save cash for his travels. Mission accomplished.