There are plenty of clichés that surround Valentine's Day, and eating a classic steak dinner is one of them. It's one I really love subscribing too, however, because it's just plain old fun to recreate a steakhouse experience at home and I am all about an excuse to do so. This menu is as classic as it gets and it feels special and timeless. There's juicy steak, cheesy mashed potatoes, and decadent chocolate soufflé involved. That's a guarantee that this Valentine's Day is going to be great.
The Menu + A Few Tips
We're more than OK playing with stereotypes here and firmly believe the most classic, most romantic Valentine's dinner for two should involve steak. Recreating that classic steakhouse meal at home is both fun and special. Since cooking steak actually doesn't take much time at all, you can put a little more energy into the sides and even have time to pull off a show-stopping dessert.
- Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraîche Kettle Chips
- Arnaud's French 75
- How to Cook Perfect Steak on the Stovetop in 3 Steps
- Creamless Creamed Spinach
- How To Make Pommes Aligot (Cheesy Whipped Potatoes)
- How To Make a Chocolate Soufflé
What to Drink
Bubbles always feel celebratory and pair well with smoked salmon and crème fraîche kettle chips. A French 75 is a classic Champagne-based cocktail that often includes gin, but in chilly February we prefer swapping it in for cognac to warm us up a little. Swap over to a full-bodied red wine when it's time for steak — Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec are two great choices.
What to Eat
There are a handful of classic sides that always work well with a steak dinner. Potatoes are a must — especially when they're whipped and made ridiculously cheesy like these French pommes Aligot.
To keep things balanced, it's nice to have something green on the plate. Creamed spinach is common, but it's not exactly light. This creamless creamed spinach cuts the dairy but still manages to be velvety and luscious.
Cooking a steakhouse-worthy steak at home may seem intimidating, but it's actually pretty straightforward. The secret is to splurge on a good piece of meat (it will still set you back less than the one from the restaurant), season it well, and cook it hot and fast.
Valentine's Day is definitely a good time to pull out all the stops. So why not give chocolate soufflé a try? The light-as-air dessert is a special, sweet way to end the meal. Don't fret if they fall a bit when you take them out of the oven — instead just cover the slump with a nice dollop of that crème fraîche you used for the smoked salmon kettle chips.