Greetings. I hope this post finds you well. My family may be one of the few that haven’t dined out in almost a year. If you are like us or want to plan an at-home easy meal for valentine then look no further. I have always been a steak lover and finally got my husband on board about two years ago. We only have a few places on our list that can cook a steak to our liking so we learned how to prepare them ourselves and they are hands down the best.
Last year we dined out at Flemings for Valentines and caught the Lovers and Friends concert afterward since no concerts are going on this Valentine, I’m here to replay the night home style.
The most important thing I believe is your cocktail or wine. Thanks to Wente we have a perfect Cabernet to pair with our steak.
Now to get to the rest of the perfect at-home Valentine’s celebration. We love a bone-in rib-eye at least 3/4-1” thick. Walmart has a great selection of steak at great prices. We normally like twice-baked potatoes with our steaks, but since we planned on saving room for dessert we opted for oven-roasted green beans. If you like a lighter option try my Honey-Glazed Salmon.
What better dessert option than a light and fluffy strawberry trifle. To keep it on the lighter note, I used sugar-free angel food cake, instant pudding, whipped cream, and almond milk. It’s the perfect balance with sweetness from the strawberries.
I hope this at-home Valentine’s Day dinner inspiration gives you ideas on hosting your own. As always thanks for following me on my journey it means the word. If you try any of my recipes please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts. Be Well. Omniley.
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Cast Iron Seared Steak
- cast iron skillet 9"
- 1 lb steak, ribeye bone-in 3/4"-1" thick
- 4 tbsp butter, unsalted
- Kosher salt, coarse
- sea salt
- black pepper
- Coat steak on both sides generously with coarse Kosher salt; use meat cleaver on both sides to break the steak down; place in refrigerator for at least 45 minutes
- Remove steak from refrigerator and rinse well; (avoid allowing steak to touch the sink)
- Dry steak thoroughly with paper towels and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Preheat oven to 450° (convention method preferred)
- Mean while place 2 tbsp of butter in 10” cast iron skillet and heat on high. Watch closely• When hot, sear both sides of the steak for 2-3 minutes. Sear close to the final color you want. Transfer pan to the preheated oven.
- Now comes the variables. The steak thickness, how long you seared, and the true temperature of the oven. It takes about 7-8 minutes to get to about 145°(medium). Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving. Cook to the proper temperature; not by time.
- Remove from oven and top with remaining butter. Remember the steak will continue to cook when removed from oven. Allow to rest for at least 15 minutes.
- Top with caramelized onions and mushrooms. Serve immediately.