Valentine’s Day Dinner and Recipe
By Becky Eades
While your inclination may be to head to the hottest restaurant this Valentine’s Day, it’s highly likely you’re only going to find a long wait or mediocre “holiday” specials. This year, try a more heartfelt approach and whip up a gourmet meal just for the two of you. You can prep in the comfort of your own home while sipping a glass of wine, and you don’t have to worry about crowds or traffic. Sound nice? We’ve got the perfect evening planned for you.
It’s up to you whether you choose to reveal your romantic plan or keep it a secret. Early in the day, double check your recipe and head to the grocery store. You don’t want to rush out at the last minute because you forgot a necessary ingredient. While you’re out, pick up your favorite complementary beverage, some fresh flowers (which don’t necessarily have to be red roses)and a few soft-scented candles. If you aren’t planning on making a dessert, swing by your local baker to pick up a variety of bite-sized sweets, which won’t weigh heavy on your stomach. Wait until your significant other is out of the house or by your side, and start cooking!
We wanted to shake up the standard steak order and this Country Living recipe does just that!
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 5 teaspoons kosher salt
- ¾ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1-1.5 lb. flank steak
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3 cups assorted whole grapes, halved and whole
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 1-2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup freshly crumbled blue cheese
- Combine first 5 ingredients. Rub steak with herb mixture. Heat 1tablespoon oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook steak 6 to 7 minutes on each side (more or less time if desired). Remove and cover loosely with foil.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to pan, and sauté grapes and shallots 5 to 6 minutes or until grapes just begin to soften.
- Remove from heat, and let stand 1 minute. Stir in vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Slice steak against the grain into thin slices. Arrange on a serving platter, spooning grapes and cheese over meat. Sprinkle with additional fresh herbs if desired. Serve with mashed potatoes.
If you want a more decadent beef recipe, give The Ultimate Beef Wellington (courtesy of The Food Network) a try. For those trying to limit their red meat, seafood is a tasty option that doesn’t skimp on luxury. Lobster Pasta with Herbed Cream Sauce is a rich dish that doesn’t feel like an everyday dinner, and this Crab Stuffed Flounder with Champagne Cream Sauce might convince you to eat at home more often. Cooking and eating together is time well spent. The rest of the night is up to you!