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Old 01-15-2008, 10:18 AM   #1
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Trying to impress a "steak and potatoes" girl

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 .

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Old 01-15-2008, 10:23 AM   #2
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How about pan roasted filet mignon, roasted garlic parmesan mashed potatoes and asparagus?

For dessert, some fresh berries with flavored sour cream or yogurt.
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:25 AM   #3
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in that case I would do Just that.
but buy the Best steak you can and also the best mashing spuds you can, let the Ingredients do the talking.

for the mash a nice coarse Champ is ideal IMO, but if you go with ordinary mash, maybe do some fried onions or garlic mushrooms?
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:26 AM   #4
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How about pan roasted filet mignon, roasted garlic parmesan mashed potatoes and asparagus?

For dessert, some fresh berries with flavored sour cream or yogurt.
Hmm..ok one more thing to keep in mind...filet mignon is a BIT too pricey for my budget LOL. But the garlic parmesan mashed potatoes sound great! Although might worry a bit about the garlic breath....
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If you both eat the potatoes, breath will not be an issue. Besides, it's roasted garlic and a lot less potent. If you're still worried, leave it out and serve parmesan mashed potato. I like to make it with sour cream for an extra 'tangyness'.

Buy two of the best steaks you can and go from there. Rib eye or sirloin strip are less expensive.
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:31 AM   #6
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Filet would be my first choice....Rib-Eye my second.

Another idea....Instead of mashed potatoes....Twice Baked Potatoes piped back into the shells can be very tasty, with lots of eye appeal!

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If you both eat the potatoes, breath will not be an issue. Besides, it's roasted garlic and a lot less potent. If you're still worried, leave it out and serve parmesan mashed potato. I like to make it with sour cream for an extra 'tangyness'.

Buy two of the best steaks you can and go from there. Rib eye or sirloin strip are less expensive.
Do you have a recipe for these mashed potatoes?
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When it comes to garlic and dating you gotta "weed out" those that don't like it

Good luck and let us know how everything turns out!
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I recommend using either yukon golds or russets.

One big russet is more than enought for two. Make as much as you want. Peel, cut up and boil the potatoes until done. Mash with butter, sour cream, salt pepper and grated parm. I don't measure. Let your taste be the guide. For two potatoes, I'd add 3-4 tablespoons of butter, 1/3 to 1/2 cup of sour cream. Salt pepper and parm to taste. Adjust the sour cream to keep the potatoes from getting too wet.
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I recommend using either yukon golds or russets.

One big russet is more than enought for two. Make as much as you want. Peel, cut up and boil the potatoes until done. Mash with butter, sour cream, salt pepper and grated parm. I don't measure. Let your taste be the guide. For two potatoes, I'd add 3-4 tablespoons of butter, 1/3 to 1/2 cup of sour cream. Salt pepper and parm to taste. Adjust the sour cream to keep the potatoes from getting too wet.
How bout the roast garlic? How do I incorporate that, if I choose to do so?
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