Steak dinner for sports fans

Published June 27, 2010 7:28PM (EDT)

(Serves 2)


For the football-shaped steak:

  • 2 12-ounce sirloin steaks
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 portobella mushroom
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion


  1. Trim steak into football shape.
  2. Combine salt, pepper and cayenne to form a dry rub. Rub it on both sides of each steak.
  3. Cook steak in a skillet to your desired degree of doneness.
  4. Cut mushroom into thin strips and sauté in butter over medium-high heat for 1 minute.
  5. Place sautéed mushroom strips on steak to form lacing.
  6. Cut onion and place part of a single ring on each end of the steaks.


For the green-bean grass:

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds green beans
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste


  1. Steam beans for approximately 3 minutes, or until cooked, but still crunchy.
  2. Drain water, then add butter, lemon juice and salt. Toss, then place on plate.


For the baseball (Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes):

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 and 1/4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper (purchase in a jar)


  1. Cut the top third off the pointy end of the garlic bulb and discard. Place remaining bulb on an 8-by-8-inch sheet of aluminum foil. Dribble 1/4 tablespoon of olive oil over the exposed cloves and then wrap the foil around the bulb.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  3. Remove garlic from oven, allow to cool, then squeeze out cloves by squeezing the base of the bulb like a tube of toothpaste.
  4. Boil potatoes for 20 minutes, or until soft.
  5. Drain off water, then mash potatoes until smooth. Slowly add milk, remaining olive oil, garlic and salt while continuing to mash.
  6. Cut a dozen "V" shaped pieces from the red bell pepper.
  7. Using your (clean!) hands, form the potatoes into a ball shape and smooth the surface with a table knife. Place bell pepper "V's" on "baseball" to resemble stitching.

By Bob Blumer

Bob Blumer (aka the Surreal Gourmet) hosts his own program on the Food Channel.
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