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Sep 8, 2008 10:39 PM

Should steak be served on anything but a white plate?

I hate looking at white congealed fat while chowing down on a nice juicy ribeye ... and nothing highlights white congealed fat more than a dark background.

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  1. I've never had a steak last long enough for anything to congeal. But for very slow eaters, just warm the plate in the oven.

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    1. re: mpalmer6c

      Was just thinking that too. Steak=Gone fast!

    2. I like steak on a hot metal sizzler platter.

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      1. re: Sharuf

        I do too. I've definitely had steak on black sizzlers before..

        1. re: Chew on That

          I will refuse a steak brought to be on a sizzle platter! I order my steak BLUE RARE and if its put on a sizzle platter it continues to cook until its medium rare or worse. If I wanted medium rare I would have ordered medium rare.

          1. re: nkeane

            jfood agrees. those plates are for fajitas, please do not do that to jfood's steak. And the steak needs to rest. If you take it off the hot thingy and then cut into it your steak will be swimming in it's own juice instead of in jfood's mouth.

      2. Nothing should be served on anything but a white plate. A little gold trim on the circumference is permissable.

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            1. re: justalittlemoreplease

              My reasoning for having all white plates has a couple of levels. First and foremost, I want the food to shine, not get upstaged by the plates. White is a neutral color, and makes a good backdrop for anything. Second, if I had designer plates of some sort or another, I'd end up getting all KINDS of different ones for whatever mood strikes, and I wouldn't have room in my kitchen for ingredients. I highly doubt the IKEA 365+ line is going anywhere anytime soon, so if something breaks, all I have to do is go back to the store and pick up a new plate for a couple of bucks instead of turning my set of six into a set of four with an extra bowl.

              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                I really love having different colors and patterns in my cupboards. Once in a while at a yard sale I'll see the prettiest bowl, or plate, or cup, and I'll add it to the rest of my collection. I do have two complete sets of dinnerware that I use most often, but sometimes it's just fun to use something more colorful.

                But then again I rarely entertain, so it's only me I'm pleasing!

              2. re: justalittlemoreplease

                1. White lets the food be the focus of the plate
                2. White goes with everything and fits all occasions
                3. No worries about paint or gold leaf or whatever peeling off
                4. Nice white plates are available cheap

                1. re: Buckethead

                  white can be very beautiful and stylish. but i've had extraordinarily beautiful meals, where the food is quite the focus of the plate, on black plates, or plates with a simple japanese pattern, etc

                  1. re: Buckethead

                    I like white dinner plates and that way the sky's the limit on patterns, colors, etc. for the serving platters, bowls, napkins, rings, etc.

            2. i've had steak on white plates, black plates, patterned plates and plain plain plates.

              it tasted good on all of them

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              1. re: thew

                Exactly. The color of the plate does not really register with me.

                1. re: thew

                  I'm with you on this. Plates can enhance the presentation, and the current emphasis on white, in unique shapes, is just a trend IMO.

                  If white were really the most appetizing, I doubt that society would spend as much as it does on Royal Doulton, etc.

                  1. re: thew

                    Amen. They even work on paper plates.

                    1. re: Firegoat

                      I think some of the most delicious steak I have ever eaten might have been at a backyard BBQ on paper plates. You just helped me to remember that, thanks.

                  2. As long as it tastes good, it can be served on a piece of cardboard for all I care. People who worry about plate colour need some real problems.

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                    1. re: vorpal

                      I would have to disagree....I very much enjoy looking at my food, busy plates bother me. I don't go all, "Rainman" and start banging my head or anything but clutter on my plate distracts me from the food. Simple white plates, platters and bowls are all I have as I spen a lot of time preparing my dishes and I want them to be the star.

                      1. re: bubbles4me

                        I agree that busy plates bother me. Like you I like the food to shine and I like the simplicity of white.

                        My pet peeve though are restaurants who use plates/bowls that are too big for their tables. I don't like it when the table is too cramped and I shouldn't have to hold the plate/bowl to make sure that it doesn't fall in my lap.

                        1. re: viperlush

                          I agree with restaurants that have plates that don't fit on the table.
                          As for color, it doesn't matter to me as long as it's a solid color. It bothers me to eat off patterned dishes that interfere with the food.

                          My plates at home are dark grey. They work for me.

                      2. re: vorpal

                        Aesthetics affects many aspects of degustation. It's not about problems; it's about appreciation.