With such busy schedules Erik and I really try to squeeze date night in whenever we can. With that being said we don’t always need to go out for a fun night. I partnered with Crowd Cow to have a special night in with my man. Crowd Cow lets you buy the exact cuts and quantity you want direct from a farm with the ease of ordering online, delivered straight to your door.
I love to cook so when I get a chance I really like to go all out. I started by deciding what I wanted on the menu – besides steak of course. I went with an easy mashed potato recipe and some green beans. I grew up in the country and we were definitely meat and potatoes people. My mom taught me how to cook so I owe these skills to her! Thanks mom! I let my meat defrost in the fridge overnight. I find that it tastes better when it has time to warm up slowly rather then a quick defrost. After I prepped my ingredients I went ahead and set up our “table”. Now anyone can have a romantic dinner at the dinner table but I love to spruce things up a bit by turning the coffee table into our “dinner table” and enjoy seating on the floor with pillows and candles. Candles are my go to, they make everything seem more romantic and cozy. Also I always make sure to grab fresh flowers. Fresh flowers really add that extra touch.
I boiled my water and started the potatoes and then got to work on the rest of the meal. I took my trimmed green beans and added them to a cast iron pan with olive oil, garlic and a drizzle of lemon juice. After cooking for a couple minutes I transferred them to a plate and topped with salt and pepper. Once my potatoes were done, I added two tablespoons of butter and a 1/4 cup of sour cream. I also added a pinch of truffle salt to really elevate the flavor.
For the steaks I patted them dry and coated them with salt and pepper. I made sure my skillet was sizzling hot and I added some garlic and rosemary. I seared each side of my steaks for two minutes and then transferred them the oven. For the full recipe see below!
Having a date night in means you can spend quality time with that someone special without spending a fortune on dinner and you can even stay in your pajamas. We always make sure to have a technology free dinner and really connect over conversation. I encourage you to try that!
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CAST IRON STEAK RECIPE
- Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Remove steaks from the fridge and season both sides with coarse sea salt (or kosher salt) and coarsely ground black pepper, to taste. Just eyeball the spices, but make sure you use enough to form a nice crust. If you have a favorite meat seasoning blend, you can also use that. Let the steaks rest 45-60 minutes on the counter prior to cooking so the meat comes closer to room temperature.
- Add 1 tbsp of cooking oil to a seasoned cast-iron skillet and turn the burner to medium-high heat. Warm the oil until the surface just begins to shimmer (that’s how we know it’s hot enough to sear). Note: We want the pan/oil to be plenty hot in order to create a proper sear on both sides of the steak; however, the oil should not be smoking before you place the steak in the pan. If it is, remove the skillet from the burner and let it cool down for several minutes before continuing the process.
- Place steaks into the hot pan (it should sizzle). Make sure not to crowd the pan. If you’re cooking more than 2 or 3 steaks you may need to use two pans. Let the steaks cook for 2 minutes. Flip the steaks over, then let them cook another two minutes.
- Using an oven mitt, transfer the pan to the oven and let it cook for 4-5 more minutes. This will create a medium, pink center. If you want it medium rare or rare, try 2-4 minutes. IMPORTANT: For smaller, leaner steaks you’ll want to keep it in the oven no longer than 2 minutes, even less if you want to achieve medium rare. For a larger, fattier cuts, 4-6 minutes will achieve a pink center.
- Remove pan from the oven. Using tongs, place the steaks on a cutting board or plate, cover loosely with aluminum foil or a dish towel and let rest for 7-10 minutes without cutting into it.
- Optionally, before serving, you can sprinkle finishing salt over the steak. I love Jacobs & Co.