Valentine's Day In: Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Rib-Eye Steaks with Sauteed Mushrooms and Roasted Red Potatoes
This year, like every year, Reid and I decided to celebrate Valentine's Day in. I think there is very little desire, for most people, to fight the crowds, reservations and hastle of going out on Valentine's Day. Heck, if you've been together for more than a year, or are older than 8 years old, you probably don't even celebrate Valentine's Day anymore.
|So excited about my Antonelli's cheese-of-the-month subscription|
Rib-Eye Steak with Sauteed Mushrooms and Crispy Roasted Red Potatoes
- 2 organic, grass-fed ribeye steaks, about 3/4" thick
- 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
- 1 tbs. flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 1 tbs. butter
- salt and pepper
- 8-10 small red potatoes, washed and cut in halves
- 1 tbs. olive oil
- 1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Toss potatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic, and rosemary together and spread out on a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until soft through and crispy on edges. Turn potatoes to get sides evenly crisp on all edges, 2-3 times during roasting time.
- While potatoes are roasting, heat a cast iron (or any heavy bottomed, oven-proof) skillet in the oven.
- Carefully remove skillet from oven and add mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add parsley. Move mushrooms to one side of skillet and add butter to remaining surface of skillet.
- Salt and pepper both sides of steaks and place in cleared area of skillet. Sear 2-3 minutes per side for rare to medium-rare steaks. Remove steaks from skillet and allow to rest for 5 minutes under a foil tent.
- Plate steaks, topped with sauteed mushrooms and any pan drippings. Add potatoes. Serve with vegetables or side salad.
For a last minute gift, I made quick and super easy chocolate covered strawberries. Way better and way cheaper than store-bought ones. You can use premium chocolates and customize toppings. I cannot stress how easy these are to make. If you have kids, have them make them!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 1 lb. organic strawberries, washed and thoroughly dried
- 1 c. dark chocolate chips or coins
- optional decorations (sugar sprinkles, nuts, melted chocolate)
- Melt dark chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave by placing in glass bowl and microwaving for 45 seconds. Stir and heat for increments of 20 seconds until melted.
- Dip strawberries in chocolate. Place on wax paper lined baking sheet. Add toppings/decorations as desired. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.