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....