How to Make a Steakhouse-Worthy Valentine’s Dinner At Home

Our friends at Food52 show us how to nail V-Day with seven simple recipes.

  • The Perfect Manhattan. When it comes to favorite cities, we’ll take Manhattan. And when it comes to favorite whiskey drinks, ditto. Here’s a classy drink that has never left the cocktail A-list.
  • Grilled (or Broiled) Oysters with a Sriracha Lime Butter. It’s time to graduate from the ubiquitous shrimp cocktail. These broiled oysters are topped with a tangy compound butter that plumps the oysters as they broil, preventing them from drying out under direct heat.
  • Caesar Salad with Pancetta. This salad is everything a Caesar should be—assertive, complex, and rich—with a few bonus points tacked on for the inspired use of pancetta (both on its own and as an instrument for crisping the homemade sourdough croutons).
  • Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese. These mashed potatoes are creamy and ethereal, with a bit of welcome tang from the goat cheese. Caramelized onions, which are both folded into the potatoes and piled on top before serving, thread their mellow sweetness throughout.
  • Spinaci alla Genovese. Unless creamed spinach is an absolute must at your table, leave the milk and cheese to the mashed potatoes. Wine-plumped golden raisins add an elegant touch to this fresh spinach sauté.
  • Cowboy Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce. Ground coffee, smoked paprika, cumin, ancho chile, and brown sugar form an earthy steak rub that smells appealingly of wood smoke. If you’re like us, you’ll be finding excuses to make the chocolate stout pan sauce for many future meals.
  • Chocolate Mousse with Cointreau and Chocolate Shards. This chocolate mousse couldn’t be simpler to make, but the results are spectacular—you use nothing but good-quality dark chocolate, a little milk, and some heavy cream, ending up with essentially a whipped ganache. A splash of Cointreau and some chocolate shards add extra oomph.

We understand the allure of a steakhouse dinner on Valentine’s Day: It’s indulgent, it shows that you care, and it’s nice to feel fancy every once in a while. But with 50 other diners similarly hoping for an intimate experience, the reality of a romantic dinner often doesn’t meet expectations.

So this year, skip the white table cloth fanfare and instead cook your beau a decadent, steakhouse-worthy dinner at home. Sure, you’ll have to do the dishes, but it’s a small price to pay for the assurance that there won’t be any amorous strangers leaning into your Caesar salad.

Written by Food52 (@food52)

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