Fancy Steak Dinner
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! (I realize this is super late but I feel like I can get away with talking about the holidays until Valentines day.) My Christmas/New Year’s celebrations were amazing. Lots of family, friends, food, warm blankets and Beyoncé… so basically the best two weeks anyone could ever ask for.
Here are a few pictures of some amazing things I ate over my vacation:
On the tail end of my trip, I spent some time in Dallas to visit my boyfriend, and it was all sorts of lovely. As you saw in the image above, he gave me a gorgeous apron for Christmas. It’s a Haute Hostess Apron and, in case you were wondering, Beyoncé and Oprah both own one. That mean’s the three of us are BFFs now…. Right? Anywho, it’s not really an apron you wear when cooking, but more when you host a dinner party/want to look fabulous. I wanted an opportunity to wear it before I went back home, so I decided to cook a (semi) fancy dinner with roasted Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, and steak for the two of us!
I was really nervous to make this meal 1) because I wanted it to be perfect 2) because I’ve never made steak before, so I did a LOT of research! Recently, I’ve been researching using the food websites food52 and Serious Eats. They both have great recipes, how–tos and tips!
After I finished researching how to make steak, finding the perfect recipes and spending waaaaaaay too much time in Whole Foods, I finally got started! Here’s what I made:
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
I read a lot of recipes for the Brussels sprouts, but in the end decided to go to my oldest sister, Radhika. She is a master chef who is really good at roasting veggies. She made them on Thanksgiving AND I DIED. I honestly don’t know why Brussels sprouts get such a bad rap! They are tasty and simple to make. What have moms been doing wrong to make kids hate them so much? Regardless, to make Brussels sprouts that you and everyone you know will love, follow Radhika’s recipe at the end of this post!
Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese
I found this recipe on food52 and it combines three things I love: caramelized onions, potatoes, and goat cheese! The recipe breaks down into three parts:
- Caramelizing the onions
- Heating cream with garlic and a bay leaf
- Making the mashed potatoes
For me, the hardest part was making the caramelized onions. I don’t know about you guys, but chopping onions is my least favorite part of cooking. Unfortunately, I love onions and refuse to live without them, so I suffer through it.
After all the chopping, I cooked the onions with butter, olive oil and honey over medium heat for 30-40 minutes until they were deliciously caramel-ly! The rest of the recipe was pretty easy and the results were heavenly. Note: I used a giant fork instead of a potato ricer and it worked great!
Seriously these mashed potatoes were so worth it. If you love yourself, check out the full recipe and make them.
Steak with Butter and Thyme
As I mentioned before, this was the scariest part of the meal for me. Steak is something that I did not grow up eating. In fact, I did not even eat steak until I was 19… so cooking it was extremely foreign to me!
What I learned from my Internet researching was that there are a lot of ways to make steak and a lot of opinions on how to make steak. That is nerve wrecking to hear, but good news: I followed Serious Eats recipe for Perfect Pan Seared Steaks and my steak turned out DELICIOUS!
Things I learned:
- Drying off your steak is gross but important. Don’t skip that step.
- You’re going to be cooking the steak at a really hot temperature, so keep a window open to deal with potential smoke.
- Flipping frequently is not bad!
- The recipe gives you amounts of time for cooking, but having a thermometer would not hurt.
- Resting time is important. (For the meat, not you.)
As you can imagine, this was a pretty intensive dinner to make, but in the end, it worked out great! I was able to wear my apron, semi surprise Hunter, and present a beautiful meal fit for a steakhouse.
If you didn’t catch the links above, here are the recipes from food52 and Serious Eats.
wishing you the best in your food adventures,
P.S. I’m sorry this post is so long! Next time I’ll keep it to one recipe instead of three…..
P.P.S. Here’s Radhika’s recipe:
Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Radhika
- Wash Brussels sprouts and cut them in half
- Toss with kosher salt, black pepper, and olive oil
- Roast for 30-45 minutes at 425F
- Toss them at halfway through
*Maybe I had smaller Brussels sprouts, or a smaller amount, but mine were done around 15-20 minutes.
*They take a fair amount of salt, so you may need to season them more after they come out of the oven.