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Steak and WHAT?

I got some of those gorgeous prime grade NY strip steaks at Costco, plan to rub with olive oil, garlic, then grill to rare perfection. But I so rarely eat steak, don't have a clue what potato dish would go best. Scalloped too rich? Boiled too boring? How do you make the perfect baked potato (what type, what prep, how long at what temp, what additions)? What green vegetable dish would go well?

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    1. re: roro1831

      Was just going to chime in with creamed spinach--perfect! But I'd pick one rich dish and make the other a bit lighter. If you're going to do a rich potato (baked/stuffed or scallopped), maybe prepare the spinach simply--sauteed with garlic and oil. If you like the creamed spinach idea, how 'bout simply sliced/roasted new potatoes with olive oil, S&P and rosemary? I never get tired of these potatoes. And if you wanted to add a little richness, you could melt a little cheese and drizzle it over the top.

      1. re: kattyeyes

        Continuing this line of thinking: I thought sauteed kale (with garlic, of course) would be a nice accompaniment.

    2. One of my favorite & easy potato dishes is to get red potatoes about the size of an egg, cut into long quarters, toss with olive oil, dijon mustard, S&P, and minced fresh rosemary. put on a baking sheet or shallow roasting pan and roast until tender through and golden at 375, stirring a couple of times to get evenly browned.

      1. Hmm. I say baked and asparagus. I use red potatoes. I cut them in half length-wise, but not all the way through. I then microwave (yes, microwave) them for a few minutes until they are just soft. Then I rub with olive oil, wrap in tin foil and throw them on the bbq with the steaks. Leave them on while the steaks are cooking and while the meat is resting. They should be beatifully cooked inside with a bit of a crispy skin outside. Serve with sour cream and chopped scallions.

        1. Microwave 2 small baking potatoes until a little cooked, but firm. Peel and slice and toss with olive oil. Place on a hot grill until done, turning once. Immediately toss with cooked crumbled bacon, minced scallions, crumbled blue cheese and a light vinaigrette dressing, salt and pepper. Super-yum with steaks!

          1. Some creamy polenta with peas would be ideal to me. The buttery polenta will soak up some of those steak juices and be a nice change from the ubiquitous potato.

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            1. re: Candy

              Polenta is a fantastic idea. No peas for me, but lots and lots of creamy polenta works.

              I would make a fresh spinach salad with bacon, hearts of palm, hard boiled eggs, capers, beets, dressed lightly. And bread. Hard, crusty bread with butter.