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Old 01-15-2008, 04:51 PM   #31
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Ok, so I have a date this Friday in which I will be cooking dinner at my place. Her favorite meal is apparantely steak and mashed potatoes.

I would like to cook this for her, but in a way that shows off my (mediocre) culinary skills...so basically I want to cook a really good meal using some sorta steak and some sorta potato dish. Any ideas?

To keep in mind: I seal my patio off during the winter, so no grilling .
how about beef wellington with some pesto mashed potatoes? or a twice baked potato? The wellington is a bit tricky but there are some threads here that really help make sure it goes smoothly, it is a bit more impressive then just steak



if you are on a budget and cant afford beef tenderloin, or prime rib maybe go with some skirt steak? its much harder to overcook or dry out, and a bit cheaper... maybe serve with some peppers, onions and winter squash(same texture as mash potatoes but a bit more exciting):

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Old 01-16-2008, 11:22 AM   #32
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how about beef wellington with some pesto mashed potatoes? or a twice baked potato? The wellington is a bit tricky but there are some threads here that really help make sure it goes smoothly, it is a bit more impressive then just steak

Hmm. I've heard of beef wellington before, but never actually knew what it was. Looks very interesting.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:24 AM   #33
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If this is the first time you are cooking for this woman, limit yourself to dishes that give you a high probability of success. One of my rules is to not make a dish for the very first time for guests. So stick to what you are comfortable with.
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:47 PM   #34
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Hmm. I've heard of beef wellington before, but never actually knew what it was. Looks very interesting.
here is the recipe if you want to try it out:
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If this is the first time you are cooking for this woman, limit yourself to dishes that give you a high probability of success. One of my rules is to not make a dish for the very first time for guests. So stick to what you are comfortable with.
Agreed, and wellington can be tricky... i have a similar rule, if i havent made it before i will make it a day or 2 before hand so i am confident i can do it when the time comes.
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:59 PM   #35
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Mahsed potatoes develop a very rich flavor when the added liquid is canned milk. I know it sounds strange. But the sweetness of the condensed milk (not sweetened) compliments the potato flavor. Add the roasted garlic (again a sweet flavor) and salt & pepper to taste.

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Old 01-16-2008, 03:30 PM   #36
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Here's another date night parlor trick if you are thinking about Beef Wellington...

Take two 6-7oz pieces of beef tenderloin.

Rub them lightly with dijon mustard, then salt & pepper them...maybe some thyme if you like...

Sear them all over in a hot pan with some butter.

Let them cool to room temp.

Wrap them with store bought puff pastry (or pie pastry) and pinch closed.

Make a wash with an egg and a tsp of milk, and brush them down.

Bake for 15-16 mins at 425 for medium rare.

Voila, individual Wellingtons...
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Here's another date night parlor trick if you are thinking about Beef Wellington...

Take two 6-7oz pieces of beef tenderloin.

Rub them lightly with dijon mustard, then salt & pepper them...maybe some thyme if you like...

Sear them all over in a hot pan with some butter.

Let them cool to room temp.

Wrap them with store bought puff pastry (or pie pastry) and pinch closed.

Make a wash with an egg and a tsp of milk, and brush them down.

Bake for 15-16 mins at 425 for medium rare.

Voila, individual Wellingtons...
Wow that sounds awesome!!! Anniversary dinner found! Thank you..
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:38 AM   #38
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From a relationship standpoint just do your best. On the first date you hope for a second but cook again with the first way over the top compared to how you really are and you can't cook the same menu twice what happens? She is suddenly disappointed? You are always scrambling to match or surpass what was done before? Do well but honest and the two of you can be the focus of the date not the meal. Relax and keep it simple but tasty IMO.
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:04 PM   #39
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Okay this thread inspired my dinner tonight! I made the garlic parm mashed taters....yummy!! I also made a pan sauce to top my steak and boy that hit the spot!! Hope dinner with the girl was enjoyable as ours tonight!!
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:56 PM   #40
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Now I think we're just tossing around what recipe one prefers. Either recipe would be wonderful! Everything suggested here is certainly an option.

Going back to sattie's suggestion - you just touched on one of my favs - chimichurri!
Awe, thanks Kitchenelf!!! I love the sauce myself and it doubles nicely as a salad dressing!!
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