TGIF – Date Night ~ Newlywed Girl

Thanks Alexis for your comment about Date Night recipe suggestions. I have a perfect suggestion for a fancy feeling in home meal!

Last week my husband and I made a really simple pepper steak and potatoes dinner. We happened to have a couple of Omaha steaks in the freezer, thanks to my sister and her bf! They gave us those steaks for a gift a while back, and one Saturday night we decided to make use of these delicious steaks on our bbq grill.

A great steak needs little preparation and when cooked properly will end up being a really delicious meal. We happened to have frozen filets, BUT you can use any cut that is your favorite: NY strip, top sirloin, filet mignon. In fact – Omaha is doing some great deals on their packs, you should look into ordering some to save in your freezer also.

Ingredients:

2 cuts of your favorite steak

Olive Oil

3 Tbs Fresh Coursely ground peppercorn

1 1/2 tsp Fresh ground salt / or any salt

2 russett potatos for baking

1-2 bunches of asparagus

Dessert – see more below

Directions

  1. Wash the potatoes and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 1 hour, or if you want a quick way – use your microwave settings for a quick 5-6 minute baked potato (save the microwaving towards the end of your cooking process)
  2. On two separate plates, drizzle olive oil to coat the bottom, and the other will have the peppercorn
  3. Press both sides of the steaks into the olive oil, followed by the peppercorn, set aside in the fridge
  4. Wash asparagus and trim the bottom (it will be fibery)
  5. In a bowl – drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper on the asparagus

Now to cook!

You can cook the steaks and the asparagus on the bbq grill or you can make it all indoors on a couple of frying pans.

Indoor cooking:

Heat a heavy pan to medium-high heat – allow the meat to sear on each side. Reduce the heat to low and allow the meat to cook to the tempurature you want, check after 5-10 minutes have passed. For medium rare – you will want the internal temperature to reach 130-140 degrees. My suggestion is to pull the meat off the pan about 5-10 degrees earlier (125) and allow it to rest on a plate for another 5-10 minutes. This will give you the best results.

The asparagus can be simply sauteed in a separate pan for about 5 minutes on medium heat.

Outdoor Grilling:

Heat your grill to 350-400 degrees. Place your steaks in the middle of the grill and allow to sear on each side. Continue to cook until the tempurature is to your liking. Medium rare will take about 5-10 minutes or 125 degrees. Allow the steaks to rest before serving. While your steaks are cooking, place your asparagus on a piece of foil and cook on one side of the grill.

Don’t forget your potatoes!

Start your meal with a glass of chilled sparkling wine or champagne. Then when you are ready, serve this delicious date night meal with a delicious cabernet, or a richer pinot noir. You will be really impressive to your date, or your significant other. I know I was impressed by my husband’s skills with the bbq grill.

Dessert

As a finale to your beautiful date night in, you can serve an easy but delicious parfait.

2 martini glasses or 2 wine glasses

1-2 cup of vanilla yogurt

1 cup of berries of your choice

1/4 cup of granola

Directions

  1. Start with yogurt on the bottom, then add berries, granola, top off with more yogurt. Continue until you get to the top of both glasses

Prepare this delicious parfait before you get dinner ready and store in the fridge. You will have it ready to go after your steak meal is done.

Light some candles, dim the lights, and turn on the music. How nice is it to privately dine and have a gourmet restaurant quality meal?

Photo from Old Black Horse

Photo from Old Black Horse

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