If I write the word steak, what do you think? I am guessing potatoes. Here it is, steak and potatoes go together. Well, actually, they do not offend each other. And here is my quandary. Has anyone ever had a really great composed steak dish? I have had great steak, great potatoes, great accompaniments and yet I have not had nor composed a great steak dish. We have assembled tasty dishes with exciting flavor combinations. I have eaten simply steak with decadent potatoes and crispy bone marrow and seasonal vegetables. Yet, the memory is the steak not the dish. Aki and I discussed this dilemma, truly a culinary road block, and her insights were pointing. I will not go into her detailed analysis, I am hoping she will write that in her own words, but I will note that her thoughts were about focus.
Perhaps the reason steak dishes have failed is because great steak does not need that much. What is the true focus of the dish? What makes steak great? What makes steak better? Could we sell a dish that was a beautiful steak and a glass of wine? Really, steak and a glass of wine.
If anyone has truly put together a great composed steak dish, please comment and share your genius. Until then, I, no we are still searching.