There will be four of us for New Year's Eve and we're thinking of doing a classic steakhouse dinner. I know we'll do either an iceberg wedge or caesar salad, crab cocktail, and steaks. Keeping in mind the steakhouse theme, I'd love suggestions—along with favorite recipes—for potatoes, a vegetable beside creamed spinach, and a souffle or other dessert. I won't have much prep time as we return from a trip the day before, but our friends could take on whatever could be done ahead.
Not a whole lot of recipes, since the steakhouses I've been to have kept those elements simple. Probably a good thing since you also mention next to nothing prep time. You could sous-vide the steaks and then just flash sear them to save more time in that aspect too.
starter: iceberg wedge salad with blue cheese dressing and bacon
starter: *shrimp* or prawn cocktail (U10 or U12) in lieu of crab cocktail
your lump of cow of choice
side: baked potato with butter, sour cream and whatever else you want to put on it
side: creamed spinach
side: sauteed mushrooms (a pound of button mushrooms per person, do this in butter)
side: roasted asparagus (drizzled with butter)
side: steak-cut fries
a couple of sauces for those needing sauce (or compound butters)
dessert: raspberry cheesecake
I just looked at three steakhouses (Peter Luger, Gallagher's, Minetta Tavern) and there are a couple of options:
starter: sliced tomato
starter: sliced tomato and onion
starter: bacon (I'd go for this)
sides: broccoli (steamed)
sides: onion rings (doesn't feel typical for me)
sides: green beans
sides: marrow bones
Grilled green chilis, grilled marinated squash (zucchini, yellow etc.) grilled mexican bulb onions., A fresh loaf of ciabatta. Tomato onion and artichoke salad. Done!
Sour cream mashed potatoes, smittenkitchen's garlic-butter roasted mushrooms, smittenkitchen's balsamic braised brussels sprouts. You could do the Epicurious lemon budino with a raspberry coulis, light but less last-minute than a souffle. Sounds like a fun dinner!
Keep the go-withs simple and few in number, and spend your time and $ on the most luxurious prime beef you can find -- and make the portions large and perfectly grilled.
Not answering the question, i know....
I agree w/the potato gratin.
for the vegetable, roast some cauliflower and broccoli.
for dessert, I would not do a souffle; rather a festive cheese/fruit /nut platter. I would include quince sweet (silver palate) w/manchego;
Green Vegetables.....Roasted broccoli, asparagus, brussel sprouts or haricot vert
Lyonnaise Potatoes or Hashed Browns
Tuscan Style.....olive oil, fresh herbs and Lemon Halves wrapped in mesh or cotton.
Hot Fudge Sundae.
The bacon cannot be duplicated....so don't bother.
Since I am old, I remember eating at the original "fancy" steakhouse restaurants. A special appetizer was a small glass of tomato juice cocktail served on a saucer with a small doily. Believe it or not, eggrolls were a common app, also. Dessert was peppermint ice cream with hot fudge sauce.
A perfect accompaniment to a steak is mashed potatoes with caramelized onions. Real simple - just slow-caramelize a big pile of thin-sliced onions in olive oil until nicely browned (they will shrink to a small fraction of their original volume during the caramelizing process), then chop them into small pieces and mix them into buttery mashed potatoes with S&P to taste. So good!
Properly done baked potatoes are what I always think of. Get the good oversized russets. Oil them with butter, wrap in foil, bake in an oven.
Really good quality butter & sour cream with fresh chives and possibly bacon and shredded cheese.
A good steakhouse dinner can be pretty straight forward as long as the ingredients are good quality. Buy the best steaks you can, preferably from somewhere that doesn't put additives in the meat.
Hasselback potatoes! Not only are they crazy good, but quite spectacular presentation too......
These pomme anna are made individually in a muffin tin:
And this potato nik was a hit with my friends- like a cross between a latke and hash browns:
This is my husband's standard request for his birthday dinner.
I find the key is to keep it simple, but use high quality ingredients.
I usually start with a creamy soup - tomato or asparagus, made from scratch.
For sides -
Sauteed mushrooms - I use a mix of sliced button mushrooms and reconstituted, sliced dried shitakes (small ones, not the big ones), sauteed in a mix of butter and olive oil, and seasoned with salt and pepper.
Creamed corn - made from corn on the cob using Mark Bittman's recipe.
If you don't do tomato soup, baked tomatoes are nice - halve tomatoes, brush with olive oil and season, and bake until soft.
If you don't do asparagus soup, roasted asparagus spears with shaved parmesan work well.
Salad with blue cheese and walnut dressing, a la Marcella Hazan - dead easy, and very, very good.
Roasted garlic mashed potatoes are amazingly good, if gas producing. I cut the tops off of whole garlic cloves, drizzle with olive oil, wrap with foil and bake until they've progressed through soft and are starting to carmelize. Cool. Squeeze the garlic into roughly mashed potatoes, leaving the skin on, and add some cream and salt.
Red wine to go with the meal.
For dessert, he requests my Christmas dessert:
Beat 1/3 of a cup of hazelnut syrup into 500 ml of marscapone cheese. Fold in 250 ml of whipping cream, whipped. Soak lady fingers in sweetened almond milk. Put a layer of lady fingers, then half the fluffy mixture, then sprinkle with whole fresh blueberries (optional), then another layer of ladyfingers, then the rest of the fluffy stuff, then some more blueberries sprinkled on top. Chill for a couple of hours, minimum. Make a lemon syrup with 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice and 1/2 cup syrup. Serve with a drizzle of lemon syrup on top.
i've worked in 2 very high-end steakhouses and we served asparagus all year, meaning much of the time it was woody and flavorless. we had similar issues with tomatoes, because we offered tomato/mozz, tomato/onion and tomato/bleu cheese salads 12 months as well. for the creamed corn, which was also served year-round, we used frozen corn.
if op is in the northern hemisphere, these might be considerations.
apps i'd start with oysters, shrimp cocktail or clams casino.
chopped or caesar salad.
mac and cheese
steamed broccoli with hollandaise
roasted brussel sprouts with bacon
dessert: chocolate mousse, carrot cake and/or cheesecake.
"steakhouses and we served asparagus all year, meaning much of the time it was woody and flavorless. we had similar issues with tomatoes, because we offered tomato/mozz, tomato/onion and tomato/bleu cheese salads 12 months as well. for the creamed corn, which was also served year-round, we used frozen corn."