This casual menu (with root-beer-poached pears for dessert) is simple to pull off, but still makes your guests feel special.
by Bruce Aidells
This menu stars sear-roasted rib-eye steaks that are simple to pull off, but will still make your guests feel special. An easy marinade with fresh rosemary and ground fennel seed boosts the hearty flavor of the steaks, and a quick, hot sear gives them crunchy, caramelized crusts. Don’t forget to brush the sliced steaks with a bit of the reserved marinade before serving. Nothing could be simpler, or more delicious.
This menu’s starter goes retro with crunchy iceberg lettuce wedges and a thick, creamy blue cheese dressing. What’s the ideal side dish with a salad and steak? Cheesy twice-baked potatoes, of course. Mildly bitter broccolini with briny olives and capers comes together in less than 20 minutes and rounds out the plate beautifully.
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The dressed-up version of this menu features Herb-and-Salt-Crusted Standing Rib Roast with Morel Sauce, Cauliflower Soup with Marcona Almond and Piquillo Pepper Relish, Crushed Potato and Watercress Cakes, Rainbow Chard with Lemon, Fennel, and Parmigiano, & Chocolate Soufflés with Brown Sugar and Rum Whipped Cream.
Photo: Christopher Hirsheimer; food styling by Melissa Hamilton
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