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 A Sweet & delicious Valentine’s Dinner or Romantic Dinner for TWO! (oh & save yourself money too)

 

 

So, my husband and I didn’t go out for Valentine’s dinner. Which we tend to go all out & spend a LOT of money on a wonderful dish. Well, in this town, traffic would’ve been awful & the restaurants packed. My husband heard from work that traffic was awful as it wasn’t much of a surprise. I had this dinner planned out not from my creation but I do take credit for technique & taste! If you want a nice quiet dinner at home for any special occasion & DO like steak this is a wonderful meal to win your husband over! 🙂 I laugh because 4 years ago this wasn’t ME! My husband IS the chef BUT over the past few years I’m gaining speed & we pretty much compete with each other. I’m just getting better & better with my technique & cooking & baking! Anyway, so here’s the recipe!

 

Dish 1  Bacon Wrapped Eye of Round Steaks with Mushroom Gravy

 My bacon wasn’t wrapped all over this but you have the option. 



  •  2- 6 oz (1-inch thick eye of round steak
  •  2 slices bacon
  •  2 T veg oil, 1/2 t salt divided, 1/2 t pepper divided
  • 1-8 oz package sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 c red wine
  • 2 T butter

 

Directions : Wrap steaks in bacon, and secure with a wooden pick. Sprinkle steaks with 1/4 teaspoon salt  & 1/4 t pepper. In a skillet, heat veg oil over medium high heat. Add steaks & cook 4-6 min per side or till steaks reach desired degree of doneness. Remove, & set aside.  Add mushrooms to pan droppings, & cook 5-6 min, or until mushrooms are tender. Add wine, & cook until wine is reduced by half. Whisk in butter, remaining 1/4 t salt, & 1/4 t pepper. Serve over steaks.

 

Dish 2 Hassleback Potatoes (Double if desired)


  • 1 large Yukon potato. peeled, & halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 c cornflakes, 3T grated Parmesan cheese 3 T olive oil divided, 1/2 t smoked paprika, 1/2 t garlic salt, 1/4 t salt, 1/2 t pepper

Directions:  Place potatoes cut side down. Cut 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick slices into each half, across the width of the potato, leaving the bottom 1/4 inch of the potato intact(so the potato will bend accordion to style).

In a food processor, pulse together cornflakes, cheese, 1 T olive oil, paprika, garlic salt, salt, and pepper.

Drizzle potato halves with 1 T oil. Carefully bend back potato half to separate sections, and roll bent half in cornflakes mixture. Force some of the cornflakes down in the sections. Places potatoes, cornflakes side up, in a sprayed baking dish. Cover with foil; bake at 450 for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Drizzle with remaining olive oil.


Dish 3 Roasted Asparagus


  • 8- 10 spears asparagus trimmed
  • 1 T olive oil, 1/4 t salt, 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/2 t lemon zest
  • 1 t lemon juice

 

Directions: Toss asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 425 for 4-6 minutes Sprinkle with lemon zest and juice.

 

 

 Dish 3 Easy Fresh Salad

 

  • 3 c washed and chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 c sliced red bell pepper 
  • 1/2 c thinly sliced carrot
  • 1/4 c toasted sliced almonds
  • 2 T lemon juice 2 T olive oil 1/4 t salt 1/4 t pepper

 

Directions: It’s pretty easy to make the salad but the dressing was all the liquids & lemon epper, ect in a pitcher & drizzled over.

 

Dish 5 Chocolate Cheese for 2

 

MAKE AHEAD!

Optional 

use 2 – 4 inch spring form pans

or 8″ cake pan lined with foil

  • Crust
  • 1/2 c choc. graham cracker crumbs
  • 2T sugar, 2 T butter melted
  • Filling
  • 2 – 1 oz squares bittersweet choc. 
  • 1 T butter
  • 12 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 c sugar 2 t cocoa powder
  • 1 egg 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 c sour cream
  • 1 t vanilla
  • Choc Sauce
  • 2 oz semi sweet choc. 2 – 1 oz squares
  • 2 T heavy whipping cream

 

Directions: In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press mixture into bottom and 1/2 inch up from the sides of 2 (4 inch) spring form pans. Bake 300 for 6 minutes. 

In a bowl, combine bittersweet chocolate and butter, microwave on high in 30 sec intervals, stirring between each.

In a bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and cocoa pwder with a mixer until creamy. Add egg and egg yolk, beating just until combined. Stir in melted choc. mixture. sour cream, and vanilla. Pour into prepared crusts and bake 40 minutes. Cool completely and chill at least 4 hours. 

In a bowl, combine semi sweet choc. and cream. Mincrowave on high in 30 sec intervals, stirring between each. Spread evenly over each cheesecake. 

 

 

THIS WAS DELICIOUS! My husband & I were talking about how much this whole thing would have cost us. Probably about $60 dollars at least.  Now, this IS a low carb meal as we make low carb meals. Enjoy a nice quiet evening, delicious food & only spend $35.99!

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Posted March 19, 2012 by craftymsjackson in Uncategorized

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