Dolemite Is My Name: Traditional Steak Dinner
The epic underdog story of Rudy Ray Moore, the comeback king, Dolemite Is My Name is the feel-good movie of the year. Eddie Murphy’s hero, Rudy was a pioneer in developing new comedy and rap styles that influenced an entire generation. He also ushered in an era of wildly popular blaxploitation films.
The movie stars Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore, who nails it at channeling his unbridled motivation and enthusiasm for producing his first movie, Dolemite. But first, he needs funding so he has dinner at his aunt’s house to ask for money. The menu is classic and simple yet oh-so-satisfying: steak fried in a pan, green beans, mashed taters, and bread & butter.
- Frying pan
- Sheet pan
- Parchment paper
- Medium pot
- Chopping knife
- Meat thermometer
- 2 Ribeye steaks
- Salt & pepper
- 2 cups fresh green beans, with ends removed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ⅓ cup Parmesan (optional)
- 4 large Yukon Gold potatoes
- 3 tablespoons whole milk or cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
- 4 slices of bread with extra butter
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and set a rack on the third row. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a sheet pan and set aside.
- Meanwhile, salt and pepper the steaks. Then, boil a medium pot of water. Rinse the potatoes and cut them into quarters. Place in the boiling water and let cook until tender (about 10 minutes).
- Next, place green beans on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, and toss to coat. Spread evenly on the pan, season with salt and pepper, and bake until fully roasted (20-25 minutes). Take out the oven and top with grated Parmesan cheese. Set aside to cool.
- When the potatoes are finished, drain the water and return to the pot. Then, add butter, yogurt, and milk or cream. Mix thoroughly and add salt to taste.
- Cook the steaks to your liking, either in a cast-iron skillet or on the grill.
You can serve this meal buffet style, which will allow your dinner guests to choose their own portions. Or, you can plate each dish and place a basket of bread and butter on the table.
Fun fact: The film centers on the making of Dolomite (1975), but the epic sex scene, car chase, and a Cadillac exploding came from the 1976 movie The Human Tornado. Although not historically accurate, the producers purposely included these legendary scenes as a tribute to Rudy Ray Moore.
Bonus tip: For the best flavor and highest amount of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, we recommend rib-eye grass-fed steaks.