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A Steakhouse Dinner—For Vegetarians, Made At Home

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While you can cut and cook vegetables (people do it with beets, eggplant, butternut squash, mushrooms, cabbage, and, yes, cauliflower) in a certain way and call them steak, I don't think—if it were up to the vegetables—they'd answer to that name.

Vegetables are not steaks, and it does a disservice to hold them to those standards. We like vegetables, in part, because they are not steaks—not in spite of it.

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But that doesn't mean there aren't vegetarian dishes worthy of the same sort of pomp and circumstance that a sirloin elicits. This vegetarian menu would be right at home in the plush banquette of a steakhouse—or, this Valentine's Day, at the tableclothed card table in your kitchen.

So here you have it: a menu worthy of a steakhouse, served in a non-steakhouse, without any steak (vegetable or otherwise):

Starters and salads:

Spiced Beet Salad with Citrus-Ginger Dressing
Spiced Beet Salad with Citrus-Ginger Dressing
Union Square Café’s Hashed Brussels Sprouts with Poppy Seeds and Lemon
Union Square Café’s Hashed Brussels Sprouts with Poppy Seeds and Lemon
Laurie Colwin's Rosemary Walnuts
Laurie Colwin's Rosemary Walnuts

Taking the place of steak:

White Lasagna with Swiss Chard, Leeks, and Gruyère
White Lasagna with Swiss Chard, Leeks, and Gruyère
Butternut Squash and Saffron Risotto
Butternut Squash and Saffron Risotto

Sides and sidekicks:

Laurie Colwin's Creamed Spinach
Laurie Colwin's Creamed Spinach
Monica's Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes
Monica's Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes
Mushrooms with Caramelized Shallots and Fresh Thyme
Mushrooms with Caramelized Shallots and Fresh Thyme
Parmesan & Pine Nut Biscuits
Parmesan & Pine Nut Biscuits
Mama's Potato Clover Rolls
Mama's Potato Clover Rolls

And the best for last:

Ooey and Gooey Double-Baked Chocolate Cake
Ooey and Gooey Double-Baked Chocolate Cake
Brown Butter Cinnamon Ice Cream
Brown Butter Cinnamon Ice Cream
Naturally-Dyed Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Naturally-Dyed Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegetable steaks: Yay or nay? Share your opinion in the comments.


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