Date Night Dinner: Steak and Sides

There is nothing quite like the smell of a well-cooked steak. Couple that with a delicious cocktail, a pile of wonderful sides, and you’re looking at a great date night (and a large check at the end of the evening). The picture here is of a home-cooked meal, a homemade cocktail, and a simple but scrumptious side. The notion that you have to go out to eat, you have to spend money, in order to have a date night is not a construct I want to buy into. The dinner here was less than $10 per person (including the cocktail) and there was something much more intimate and romantic about preparing it together.

I think we are entering a new age in cooking and eating- one where the simple pleasure of knowing that you prepared and cooked and enjoyed the fruits of your own labor are becoming more important to people. Don’t get me wrong, there are certain meals that you just can’t replicate at home. There are certain restaurants and nights where the luxury of going out is appreciated. And that’s what a restaurant trip should be- luxurious and special. But there is nothing preventing your meal at home from being just as luxurious and special too. Everyone deserves to have a nice date night- in or out.

Enjoy this inexpensive, but luxurious, meal that can be made in under 30 minutes, under $20, and with minimal clean up as well. I highly recommend the use of cast iron skillet for the steak, but in a pinch, a grill pan or skillet works too.


Steak with Garlic-Spiced Butter and Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • Steak
    • 1 steak per person (we used sirloin, but using a filet or NY strip would also be good)
    • Salt and Pepper
  • Compound Butter
    • 1 stick softened butter
    • 1 teaspoon each of cumin, oregano, chili powder, and onion powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • Pinch of salt
  • Brussels Sprouts
    • Olive oil
    • 2-3 slices thick cut bacon, sliced into small strips
    • 1lb brussels sprouts, ends trimmed off, and sliced in half
    • Salt and Pepper
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Steps:

  1. Early in the day, mix the soft butter with all the other ingredients. Let sit and meld for at least an hour.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and bacon over medium high heat. Cook until crisp
  3. While the bacon is rendering, heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Season the steak with salt and pepper
  4. Once the bacon is crisp, add the nuts and stir to coat. Add the brussels sprouts to the pan with a half cup of water, and put a lid on it. Steam the sprouts for 5 minutes or until tender-crisp.
  5. While the sprouts are steaming, sear the steak. First, add some of the compound butter to the pan. Once that’s melted, if using sirloin, cook 3-5 minutes on the first side. While it is searing, spoon some butter on top and let it melt into the steak.
  6. Flip the steak, add more butter, and sear another 3-5 minutes.
  7. While the steak is finishing, take the lid off the brussels sprouts, raise the heat to high, and let the liquid cook out. The brussels sprouts will brown as well slightly.
  8. Serve together with the steak and enjoy!
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