The Side Show

If you’re anything like me, when dining at a steakhouse, you get just as excited, if not more excited, about the sides than the meat itself.

Don’t get me wrong, I savor a perfectly grilled filet or a beautiful piece of fish, but sometimes I just want to make a meal out of the vegetable and starchy dishes.

I am firm believer that the sides are just as important as the entrée and should never be overlooked.

Below are two side dishes I made recently that I found to be easy, amazing and anything but an afterthought.

Sautéed Green Beans with Mushrooms and Basil

What you need:
– 1½ lbs of fresh green beans, trimmed
– 1 package of mushrooms
– 2 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 tablespoon butter
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 2 tablespoons chopped basil
– Salt and pepper

What to do:
– Cook green beans in a large pot of boiling water until they are crisp-tender, about 5-7 minutes.
– Drain beans and rinse with cold water.
– Meanwhile, sauté mushrooms, garlic, and olive oil in a large skillet, about 5 minutes.
– Add green beans to pan and sautéed 5 more minutes.
– Toss with chopped basil and salt and pepper.

Almost ready

Sautéed Green Beans and Mushrooms with Basil

Lee’s Seasoned Potatoes
Note: This recipe wasn’t given to me with exact measurements. You will have to use your own judgment and taste!

What you need:
– 3 lbs potatoes, cleaned (I used red potatoes)
– Olive oil
– Generous amount of Italian seasoning
– A few dashes of Lawry’s salt
– Fresh rosemary
– Generous amount of salt and pepper

What to do:
– Preheat oven to 400°.
– Dice potatoes into small cubes and put in large bowl.
– Toss potatoes with a generous amount of olive oil (you don’t want potatoes to stick)
– Coat potatoes with a generous amount of Italian seasoning, a few dashes of Lowry’s salt, fresh rosemary and a generous amount of salt and pepper.
– Spread potatoes into a large baking pan or broiling pan so that potatoes are evening distributed.
– Bake potatoes 1½ to 2 hours, until potatoes are cooked and crispy, turning and mixing every 20 minutes.
– Add additional seasoning as needed and serve hot.

Lee’s Seasoned Potatoes

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