Date Night In: Dinner and a Movie

Valentine’s Day has passed, but it’s always good to have a night with the one you love. As we all know, it can be expensive to go out to eat. By the time you get to dessert, you’ve spent all your grocery money. While I firmly believe those nights out can be worth it, a date night in can be just as wonderful. My husband and I make this meal together every Valentine’s Day (3 years in a row so far!) but it’s a favorite and has the right amount of luxury (steak is not cheap right now!) for a special night, Valentine’s or otherwise. It may seem like a simple meal, but every time we make it, it’s delicious, satisfying, and fun to make. Why pay $40 for a steak when you can make two at home with sides for half the price?

Dinner: Steak with curry mashed potatoes and roasted green beans

What you need:

2 steaks of your choice

5 or 6 red potatoes, cleaned and cut in quarters

1.5 cups (about) green beans

Olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic salt, and curry powder

Butter

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What you do:

For the potatoes:

Place the potatoes in a large pot, fill with water to an inch or so above the potatoes. Place on high heat on the stove and boil for 20 minutes or until potatoes are easily broken through with a fork. Turn off the heat and drain the potatoes, then return to the pot. Add a tablespoon of butter and a splash of milk and begin mashing. Add salt, pepper, garlic salt and about a 1/4 teaspoon curry powder. Mix and serve.

For the beans:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl, toss the beans with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread on a parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle a little salt over the top and roast in the oven for 15 minutes, stirring/turning halfway through.

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For the steak:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Use well seasoned cast iron if available. Pat steaks dry with paper towel, then thoroughly season with salt and pepper (remember much of it will come off in the cooking process). Heat the cast iron skillet – when hot, sear the steaks with butter, two minutes on each side. After the second side, place the steaks in the preheated oven in the skillet you’ve cooked them in. After 5 minutes, take the steaks out of the oven, flip, and baste with the juices in the skillet (a spoon works well, just spoon the juices onto the steak) then put back in the oven. After another 5 or 6 minutes, take the steaks out of the oven and lay to rest on a cutting board. Let the meat rest for another 15 minutes before cutting.

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Pro Tips:

  • These directions make a medium done steak. For a more rare steak, shorten the oven time by a couple minutes, for a more well done steak, lengthen the oven time by a couple minutes.
  • Timing: Resting the steak is what completes the cooking process. For timing, I made the green beans while the steak was resting, and halfway through their roasting I mashed the potatoes.

After dinner, enjoy a good movie – our Valentine’s tradition? When Harry Met Sally, but you can choose one for yourself.

What’s your favorite way to have date night in?

Lydia Jane


In My Kitchen:

Cast Iron Skillets

Farberware Millenium Cookware

Acacia Cutting BoardΒ – like the reviews say, it might not look like the picture – I’m happy with mine, but be aware of what others have said!

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