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So we're having one of our favorite couples for dinner next week; the menu focus is steak au poivre. Just got four gorgeous Delmonicos and fresh pink/black/white peppercorns. Now my dilemma: hearty, crusty roasted potatoes (redskins whole or Yukon Gold wedges) OR creamy garlic mash?

The hearty spuds echo the spicy pepper crust, but maybe we need the contrast of some smooth mashers?

Additional sides of a butter lettuce salad with lemon vinaigrette and avocado, haricots verts with butter and lemon.

What are your thoughts? I'm torn..

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  1. Here in Texas we serve french fries with out pepper steak. But I understand that pommes frites goes well with Steak au poivre.

    1. I would go with the hearty roasted potatoes. Or maybe potato wedges coated with seasoned bread crumbs and parmesan (drizzle potatoes first with melted butter) 400 degrees for 45 minutes. I also love creamed spinach with a good steak.

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      1. re: eatmyfood

        Love the spinach idea... also the crunch texture of the spuds. This may be the keeper.

      2. french fries or v. crusty roasted potatoes. maybe add some leeks or beets to jazz it up.

        1. Pommes frites may be the classic, but personally, I always want something creamy to eat with the leftover sauce, so I'd say go with mashed. I've done it at home with potatoes lyonnaise, but I think together they are too rich. Your sides sound like they will be a nice compliment.

          1. Frites or roasted, not mashed. My side veg for this sort of thing is spinach sauteed with whole garlic cloves and a pinch of chili flakes.