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Classic Steakhouse Valentine's Dinner Menu

The perfect Valentine's choice for couples with traditional tastes

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Why go out to a steakhouse when you can make this delicious menu at home? Skip the crowds, save money and enjoy a classic steak dinner for just the two of you. With a Caesar salad to start and a choice of sides, you'll feel like you're at the best white-tablecloth restaurant in town.

Traditional Martini

Janet A. Zimmerman
What better way to begin this classic dinner than with a classic cocktail? Made the traditional way, this martini includes a relatively large amount of dry vermouth and a dash of orange bitters. Perfect for sipping before dinner. (If martinis aren't your drink of choice, try a glass of champagne or a margarita.)

Caesar Salad

Janet A. Zimmerman
Making your own croutons and dressing is easy, yet they elevate this famous salad from ordinary to sublime. With only a few ingredients, this salad benefits from using high quality cheese, so splurge and use authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano. If you prefer soup to salad, this roasted red pepper soup is an excellent first course.

Butter-Basted Steak

Dave Scantland
Basting a thick steak with butter while it cooks results in a deep brown, delicious crust. Turning the steak often insures a perfectly done, evenly cooked interior. Strip steaks and rib-eyes (with or without the bone) both work well with this method -- just make sure the steak is close to two inches thick. Serve with cooked mushrooms and red wine sauce, or with the savory onion sauce from the mashed potato recipe below.

Mashed Potatoes with Onion Sauce

Dave Scantland
Silky mashed potatoes are always a great match for steak, and the slow cooked onions and savory sauce complement both equally well. The onions take some time to cook, but they can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen. Not in the mood for mashed potatoes? Try this creamy, cheesy potato gratin instead. Or, if crisp potatoes are your preference, you can't go wrong with this easy recipe for roasted potatoes with herbs.

Roasted Green Beans

Dave Scantland
Crunchy garlic chips make a delicious addition to tender roasted green beans. Simple to make but packed with flavor, it's a side dish worthy of the fanciest Valentine's Day dinner. But if you're in the mood for a more complex side dish, you may prefer green beans in garlic cream sauce or spinach gratin.

Chocolate Mousse

Dave Scantland
To many couples, Valentine's Day means chocolate, and this bittersweet chocolate mousse is a chocolate lover's dream. It's a creamy, luscious end to your classic steakhouse dinner. If you want double the chocolate, try topping these dense, fudgy brownies with a dollop of the mousse and a few raspberries or strawberry slices.

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