This is the dinner that never was.
OK, that’s a lie. This dinner existed, it’s just that the post never did. Until now. Almost 3 months later.
Way way back before the Super Bowl, Cleve and I went over to our friends Todd & Leah’s place in East Baltimore for a night of me not serving dinner but instead having dinner served to me!
Miss Leah offered to do so since they had been over to our place for both Beef Pizza & Cioppino and she wanted to return the favor. After she perused the dinners in the little avocado-colored box and ultimately decided on #75 Pepper Steak.
A disclaimer: I can’t tell you much about the preparation of this meal. Some of it was put together before I arrived, and once I was there–well I wasn’t the one cooking. This wasn’t my shindig. I know that Leah did keep a chef’s log of some sort but I never got the notes. So I’ll just kinda give you the gist of it through photographs.
When I think ‘Pepper Steak’ I think the of Chinese dish: beef in brown sauce with lots of bell pepper chunks. When Dinner is Served! says ‘Pepper Steak’ it means steak that is slathered in crushed black pepper and then cooked in butter.
I know that there was an issue with the “brown sauce (canned),” similar to the issues I have with “white sauce (canned),” in that it doesn’t exist. Or if it does exist I sure as hell don’t know where to find it. Apparently Leah did have a can of brown sauce but the accidentally used it for something else. So a little McCormick packet of brown gravy had to suffice.
I also remember that Leah was very concerned that her Potatoes Anna wouldn’t turn out right. In lieu of the skillet method she went with the baking method.
So here is the Potatoes Anna, right after it was dislodged from its baking vessel.
I have nothing to say about the tomatoes except that they were broiled. And I can’t remember if the salad actually contained endive or not. But I do know that if I had made #75 there would definitely not be any endive. You know why.
Here is the finished dinner, complete with little corgi-shaped salt and pepper holders.
Dinner is Served!
This was a good dinner! The steak was tasty and it was hard to go wrong with the potatoes: butter + salt + pepper + potato = goodness. It was amazing how quick and easy the steaks were. I would totally make this for a weeknight quickie.
And the pie. The faux Boston Cream Pie was vanilla pudding, Cool Whip, and chocolate sauce on top. I think that there may have been a graham cracker crust…? This was yummy. It wasn’t pretty. But it tasted awesome.
Overall, #75 was a big win–especially because of our host and hostess.
Todd & Leah, I thank you, Cleve thanks you, and Dinner is Served! thanks you.
Hey yinz guys–you wanna get in on some hot Dinner is Served! action? Todd & Leah did it. So did Veg-O-Matic. Or perhaps you have a retrolicious recipe that mystifies, amazes, and mesmerizes but you’re too scared to try? I will gladly take suggestions. Darlings, let’s talk! Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org