To help us know how to become skilled entertainers, my mother and I often love taking cooking classes at Sur La Table, since they are a very enjoyable and interactive way to learn ideas about the best way best to cook gourmet dishes (while having the capability to do a fun activity together).


As my birthday present to her, last week I handled us into a cooking course in the brand-new, state-of-the-art kitchen in the Sur la Table shop at Carmel Plaza at Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. This striking, industrial-quality center not only provides many different interesting cooking courses (from courses on grilling steaks & shrimp to assimilate courses focusing on macarons and croissants), in addition, it has floor-to-ceiling windows which overlook the gorgeous outdoor shopping center’s landscaped courtyard.


How to Produce a Gourmet Steak Dinner in Home

Through this specific course, we discovered how to produce a gourmet beef dinner, such as specialist advice on cooking, grilling, and baking in the entertaining and enlightening Chef Bill (an expert chef and former restaurateur).


We not only learned how to create the beef, but he taught us create a bean dish dish, how to grill fish and asparagus and bake a Crème Brûlée that is yummy. In the modern entertaining manual, I will discuss a few of his expert tips about the best way best to produce a gourmet beef dinner in your home.

Sur la Table Recipe for Grilled New York Strip Steak with Basil Pesto

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients for Basil Pesto Marinade:

  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tbsp. toasted pine nuts
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp. freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients for Grilled Steak:

  • Vegetable oil, for brushing grill plates
  • 2 (10-oz) New York strip steaks, about 1¼ inch thick
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Sur la Table Recipe for Grilled Asparagus with Paprika Glaze:

Yields: 4 servings




  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp pimentón (which is smoked paprika)
  • 2 tsp sherry wine vinegar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ pounds asparagus, trimmed

Directions for Grilling Steak:


  1. To prepare ginger pesto: into some food processor fitted with a metal blade, add the garlic, pine nuts, basil, and Parmesan; procedure until paste forms. With the engine running, gradually drizzle in the olive oil. Taste and correct seasoning with pepper and salt.
  2. Marinade the steaks with all the basil pesto (such as 20-minutes, employing this innovative instant marinator).
  3. Preheat a gas grill or heat a big grill pan over medium-high heating system.
  4. Following the hens have marinated for 20-minutes, put steaks on the grill and cook until grill marks grow and also an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest portion of the meat registers at 130°F (to get medium-rare doneness). Transfer the beef to a plate, loosely tent with foil, and rest for 10 minutes.
  5. To serve: Transfer beans to some cutting board using a nicely. Employing a sharp knife, slice beef throughout the grain into thick pieces. Divide beef pieces between 4 warmed serving plates, spoon (or drizzle) pesto over the beef, and serve immediately.

Now you understand how to grill steaks it is time to proceed into dessert and the side dishes. Then is crucial if you would like to cook a gourmet beef dinner in your home. Additionally, there is a brûlée a wonderful idea to get a dessert. Not only will your visitors be impressed by these dishes, but they rather straightforward to create.




  1. To prepare paprika glaze: into a small bowl, then add oil, garlic, thyme, pimentón, and vinegar; whisk to blend. Taste and correct seasoning with pepper and salt.
  2. To grill asparagus: Preheat a gas grill or heat a big grill pan over moderate heat.
  3. Place asparagus on a rimmed baking sheet and coating with half the glaze; season liberally with pepper and salt.
  4. Utilizing tongs, move asparagus into the grill, be careful to put them perpendicular to the bars of the grill so that they don’t fall through. Grill asparagus, turning until tender and evenly charred, 4-5 minutes complete.
  5. To serve: Transfer the grilled asparagus to a serving dish and spoon the rest of the paprika glaze it over.