Before making your Valentine’s Day dinner reservations, think about how much more economical (and romantic) cooking with your significant other would be and you would save a lot of money! The recipe for the main dish is for filet mignon which can be expensive, but you can splurge a little because the rest of the meal is so inexpensive. If you do not know how to choose a piece of filet mignon, ask the butcher at the grocery store to give you enough for two- 4 ounce servings. They will do the cutting work for you. So whatever you decide to do: surprising your guy or cooking together, make this Valentine’s Day just another fun memory for you to share!
Herb-Coated Filet Mignon
8 ounces filet mignon, about 2 inches thick, fat trimmed, and split into 2 portions (ask your butcher)
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons of fresh herbs (choose from parsley, thyme, tarragon, chives)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Preheat broiler (or as high as your oven will go)
- Rub steaks will oil and sprinkle with pepper and salt. Place on a broiler pan in oven.
- Broil until a thermometer reads 140 degrees for medium rare, or about 15-20 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking. Remove from oven and allow to rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes.
- Place chopped herbs on a plate. Coat edges of steak evenly with mustard, then roll edges in the herbs, pressing gently to adhere.
1 1/2 Teaspoons butter
1/8 cup olive oil
½ pound asparagus
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
- Melt butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add asparagus spears to pan and cook for about 10 minutes or desired firmness.
- Drain off oil and sprinkle with cheese, salt, and pepper.
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
2 ½ ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 large egg separated, plus 2 egg whites
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar for dusting
- Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375. Lightly coat 2 10-ounce ramekins with cooking spray and coat the insides with 1 ½ teaspoons sugar.
- Place chocolate in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium for 20 seconds and stir. Continue for 1-2 minutes until fully melted.
- Whisk egg yolk and cream in a bowl. Whisk in chocolate until smooth. Whisk in flour and cinnamon until incorporated.
- Beat egg whites and salt in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Beat in remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, a little at a time, that was not used to coat inside of ramekins, until stiff, glossy peaks form.
- Gently fold half of the beaten egg whites into chocolate mixture. Once combined, fold in remaining egg whites until no white streaks appear.
- Divide between ramekins, place on a baking sheet and bake for 18-22 minutes until firm. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve immediately.
NEXT WEEK: Valentine’s Day Dinner Party ideas for all my single ladies !
Katy is an intern for CollegeLifestyles (TM). She is a senior at Illinois State University and is excited to turn 22 the week of Valentine’s Day!