Love it or hate it, Valentine’s day is a good excuse to have some good food, eat a ton of chocolate, and enjoy the company of your friends and loved ones. Even if you’re single, you and your friends can always go out for dinner together and then treat yourselves the following day to all the half priced candy. This option is just as good as a date if you ask me.
If you do have a date, there are too main options for dinner: buy it or make it. While both are enjoyable, I have always liked the experience of interacting with your date and making the meal together. Plus, it has the added bonus of being about half the price of going out to a steakhouse. Keeping it classic, this year we made a steak and asparagus dinner.
• 2 New York strip steaks
• Bushel of asparagus
• Extra virgin olive oil
Making the perfect New York strip steak:
1. Take your steaks out of the fridge to come to room temperature for 20 minutes. This keeps the meat from seizing from going immediately from the cold fridge to a hot pan.
2. Put a skillet on the stove top on medium heat and let it fully come to temperature.
3. Liberally cover both sides of your steaks with salt and pepper.
4. Put about 2 tablespoons of olive oil into the pan and allow it to heat up.
5. New York strip steaks get their name for the strip of fat that is on one of the sides of the meat. Hold the steak upright in the pan, fat side down, for about 1 ½ minutes to get deliciously crispy.
6. Place the strip face down in the pan and leave alone for it to cook. Depending on how you like your steak, you are going to want to leave it on that side for a certain number of minutes before flipping it over.
• Rare: 3 minutes
• Medium: 4 minutes
• Well: 5 minutes
7. Flip the steak and allow to cook for the same amount of time it cooked on the first side.
Stove top asparagus:
1. Wash off the stalks and cut off the woody ends.
2. Place a pan on the stove top and allow to come to temperature.
3. Once hot, put in a tablespoon of butter, salt, and pepper.
4. Put in the asparagus and allow to cook, stirring occasionally. Place a cover on the pan between stirring to catch the steam and cook through the stalks faster.
5. It should take about 6-7 minutes until finished.
This was the best meal either of us has had in weeks. We also added some homemade beer bread, a recipe I will post later on. Another perk of staying at home is that neither of us had to dress up or worry about using proper manners to eat. We scarfed the entire plate down in a matter of minutes.
Let me know if this was helpful, or if you have another method to cooking a good steak! I always like to learn new techniques!