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Best sides for a steak

I bought two beautiful sirloin steaks at the local butcher today. I plan on grilling them up tomorrow for dinner. What do you normally serve as side dishes with your steak? I'm looking for a starch and a veggie dish. Thought I'd pose the question to the experts :). Thanks for your help Chowhounders.

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  1. I like the classics. Potatoes (baked or scalloped or frites), creamed spinach, and a green salad. If you want to go really old school, make it a wedge salad with bleu cheese dressing and crumbled bacon.

    1. cauliflower, green or yellow beans, fried mushrooms, some big salad, roast veg . . . as well as what the man with the hat said.

      1. Thanks for the feedback a&A. I do usually go with the classic stuff alan mentioned---and it's great---cauliflower and yellow beans I never thought about....hmm. Still open to suggestions and I'll report back on the fianl meal. Thanks for all your help. It is much appreciated!

        1. My personal favorite is a baked potato loaded to the max and roasted brocolli - works out great because the potato and the brocolli go right into the oven, obviously not at the same time.

          I also always have to have a salad....with steak I like a crisp iceburg salad with tomato, hearts of palm and a blue cheese vinagrette as opposed to the traditional creamy blue cheese.

          1. something we always had, which is not traditional but goes great, is a side of fettuccini alfredo. mmmmmmmmmmmm yummy!

            1. can't believe I forgot to mention the mushrooms! I always have to have mushrooms with my steak!

              can roast, saute etc - what I normally do is saute them off a bit in a saucepan with some garlic then pour a little wine in and let them continue to cook down. I prefer the little button mushrooms for this application.

              1. Any steamed veggies with a piquant vinaigrette or fresh herbs (or both), to cut the richness of your steaks, sounds awesome to me.

                Al dente asparagus with a dijon vinaigrette perhaps? It is pretty out of season, so depending on how much you adhere to local/organic foodways, you might want to choose something else.

                Other ideas:
                -steamed broccoli with sesame vinaigrette
                -steamed carrots with olive oil, parsley, s&p
                -greek salad
                -tomato salad w/balsamic vinaigrette

                Oh right, and a starch! But no matter, you've probably cooked your dinner already. What did you go with? How was everything?

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                1. re: operagirl

                  I'm making them tonight, The suggestions on here have been great. Some I have never thought of. I still have not decided what to do but I will definitely update later tonight!

                2. I really don't subscribe to the "starch and veggie dish" thing so I go a different way. A good steak stands by itself and any dish is a supporting dish. Since you are grilling how about some grilled veggies. One thing that I've done to go with a steak, is a grilled tomato. Use a large tomato and just slice the stem end off and drizzle with EVO, then sprinkle with dried basil or an herb blend like herbes de provence or Italian seasoning and liberally apply fresh grated parmesan. I grill them for 6 to 8 minutes. The sweet tartness of the grilled tomato really plays well with the steak. I also will do grilled zucchini, sliced lengthwise about 1/2" thick marinated in a red wine vinaigrette and then grilled for 6 to 8 minutes, again the flavors stand up well with a steak. The nice thing about doing them on a grill is that they are ready when the steak is and you're not running around trying get everything ready at the same time.

                  1. With steak I always like a couple of big Portabella Mushrooms (I live 5 miles from "The Mushroom Capital of the US", so the ones we get here are fabulous). Slice them up along with a vidallia oniion and saute in a little olive oil and butter.

                    1. Grilled asparagus is always my first thought for grilled steak. I drizzle in olive oil, kosher salt, cracked pepper, results in perfection. And so quick to grill while your steaks are resting once cooked.

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                      1. re: scuzzo

                        Just may be the California kid in me but I like to serve sliced avacados dressed in olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper maybe some cilantro with my steaks...just adds a rich but fresh brightness for starch maybe some flour tortillas.

                        1. re: bubbles4me

                          I like avocado too with steak! I usually just add a bit of kosher salt, but this sounds great too!

                      2. I agree with the grilled vegies or roasted, throw in a few little red potatoes if you need starch (but I'm not in that camp where it has to include a starch). I'm in love with Panzanella Salads this summer: fresh tomatoes, cukes, red onion, cilantro and day ole bread cut into cubes, chucks of your fav. cheese is good too - dressing is freshed squeeze lemon juice, olive oil.

                        1. I'm making marinated skirt steak, and roasting "hasselback potatoes (I'm using baby yukons) with herbed sour cream" and will slice thin strips of red pepper, mini heirloom tomatoes, thin slices of red onion, sliced kirby cucumbers, and drizzle the veggies with homemade tomato garlic dressing.

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                          1. re: TarheelYankee

                            My oh my that sounds delicious. May I ask what types of herbs you are using in your herbed sour cream?

                            1. re: diablo

                              actually I use spices, but the recipe calls for herbs! I made the sour cream ahead of time so it can sit and blend with the spices, I used some cayenne, some cumin (cumin's also in my marinade) and some "magic dust" from Blue Smoke. :)


                          2. Watercress is also a nice side dish - lightly dressed, or tossed in the pan as the steaks rest.

                            1. Something different: saute bacon, onions and jalapeno pepper, drain about half the liquid from a can of black eyed peas, add to pot and heat. Salad of cherry tomatoes, cuke, red onion with oil & balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of basil, lots of garlic bread to soak up the juices.

                              1. Boy-oh-boy did you hounds hit it out of the park on this one. I'm off to buy more steaks tomorrow just to try some of the other suggestions I didn't use tonight. Here's what ended up going on:

                                Iceberg lettuce, homegrown cuke and jersey tomato salad with homemade blue cheese vinaigrette.
                                Grilled steak (those babies had to be three inches thick, I swear) medium rare
                                Topped with sauteed baby bellas (EVOO, garlic, red wine, salt, pepper)
                                Grilled vegetables marinated very lightly in balsamic and olive oil including: Asparagus, onion, red pepper, yellow and green squash
                                Baked potato topped with the herbed sour cream food network recipe that TarHeelYankee gave me the link to (I added fresh chives to it).
                                Served with homemade red table wine my friend's dad makes.

                                Man, I am so full right now. Thank you all so much for your input. I got a lot of great new ideas and am now (almost) ready to face Monday :)

                                Oh yeah, plain vanilla bean ice cream, if I can fit it, for dessert.

                                Thanks again Chowhounds. Gotta love ya!

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                                1. re: diablo

                                  oh yay! glad you liked the recipe!

                                  will you post your homemade blue cheese vinaigrette recipe? that's one of my favorite dressings!

                                  1. re: TarheelYankee

                                    Thanks again! Hopefully this link works!
                                    It came out great. I used white wine vinegar and fresh basil.

                                    1. re: diablo

                                      yep, the link worked fine, thanks!

                                      I will add it to my dressing list!

                                  2. re: diablo

                                    Ooh yeah- the mushrooms are a necessity with a great steak. Next time try them with a splash of marsala and a bit of butter instead of the red wine, it's a much more complementary flavor imo.

                                  3. I love creamed spinach with steak. I also really like some arugula on the side with a nice dressing.

                                    1. It's too late for the OP's dinner, of course, but for next time you might consider white beans warmed with a bit of minced prosciutto and a very little bit of minced rosemary. And for a veg, I like to roll some cherry tomatoes around in a pan with good olive oil until the tomatoes are soft and warmed through. A good glass of red wine and you're all set!

                                      1. can any body help me for give me what the delicouse starch for my chicken steak

                                        1. Grilled romaine (the whole head; rub with olive oil and salt) with a very lemony vinaigrette and potatoes boulangere