Steakhouse Dinner for 2 - THM Style!
I have a love-hate relationship with Mondays at the grocery store for two reasons: 1) the produce is pretty heavily picked over, and 2) there are tons of manager specials on meat.
I love a good discount shelf! You can find some gems you otherwise wouldn't think of, or are too expensive at their regular price.
A lot of times, steak comes with a hefty price tag.
My husband and I love our date nights, but we like to be more relaxed on our dates and head to our favorite bar, unless it's a special occasion. With 2 toddlers in tow, it's not like we can (or even want) to venture out to a steakhouse on a regular night with the family.
Brandon loves his ribeye, and it's his steak of choice whenever we go to steakhouses. When I saw ribeyes on manager special, I was jumping for joy (on the inside, of course. I was already dancing to music - adding leaping to that would've gotten some stares).
Ribeye has really great flavor on its own because of all the marbling. A very tasty and underrated cut of beef, if you ask me. So, I decided to keep it simple by seasoning the steak itself with only salt and pepper (a great cut of beef doesn't need a whole bunch of fluff), then topping the finished product with herbed compound butter for richness and flavor.
One of the best tips I learned about cooking steak was to let the meat rest on the counter prior to cooking. This helps take the chill off of the meat, so that when it hits the hot pan it won't seize up and become tough.
Also, it's hard to go wrong with steak if you cook it in a cast iron skillet. Cast iron will give you an even sear and cook throughout, while keeping a steady temperature. Plus, it's a single pan that can do the work of the stove and the oven - winner!
I served with simple steamed asparagus (Brandon's fave) and mashed cauliflower that I topped with crumbled bacon. For my mashed cauliflower recipe, look here. You can even shake it up, and make it even FANCIER, by doing a Wedge Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch.
This meal is a super simple way to have an affordable, yet fancy, date night at home with your sweetie.
Top it off with quick and easy truffles for dessert, and that is one romantic weeknight.