Big Sexy Steak Dinner for Two – That’s EASY!

Big Sexy Steak for Two | Chef Alli's Farm Fresh Kitchen

What’s cookin’ for YOUR Sweetheart this Valentine’s Day?? I have the perfect, ultra-easy menu that proves the best way to melt a heart is still via the stomach! 

Manhattan Meat Market | Chef Alli's Farm Fresh Kitchen

The folks over at Manhattan Meat Market have the perfect cuts of meat for your special day!

Three Steps to the Perfect Meal

Alright, let’s go through this step-by-step. Below I’ve included ideas from this great Land of Kansas that will cover your ENTIRE Valentine’s Day meal. Some made. Some purchased. All easy and delicious and packed with love!

  • FIRST read my tips at the bottom for swooning your sweetheart. It’s important to have your appetizer and wine ready when they walk in the door! I’ve shared a simple, elegant appetizer to whet your pallet and warm your hearts.
  • THEN, this recipe for steak and mushrooms is so easy and delicious that anyone can do it! Plus, who doesn’t love a delicious filet?
  • FINALLY, it takes little effort to finish the night off (or get the night started) with some delicious chocolate delicacies. You can grab something decadent almost anywhere, try a special order of sweets from Sweet Granada in Emporia, OR make these chocolate-covered strawberries yourself and have them ready in the fridge.

Big Sexy Steak for Two | Chef Alli's Farm Fresh KitchenPrintable Recipe: Big Sexy Steak Dinner for Two {with Tarragon Mushrooms}

Steak Dinner for Two with Tarragon Mushrooms

This Steak Dinner for Two features filet mignon steaks (also known as beef tenderloin steaks) because of their versatility and ease of cooking. Feel free to substitute your favorite cut of steak - we sometimes substitute a good rib eye.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword steak, Valentine's Day
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Chef Alli

Ingredients

Filet Mignon Steaks

  • Olive oil, for searing filets
  • 2 Beef filet mignon steaks, approx. 2" thick, 12-14 oz. each, seasoned to taste with salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp. corn starch
  • additional fresh thyme, for garnishing

Tarragon Mushrooms

  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 3 scallions, sliced, green and white parts both
  • 4 cups sliced baby bella or button mushrooms
  • 3/4 tsp. dried tarragon flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

To Prepare the Filet Mignon Steaks

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Heat a bit of olive oil in your favorite cast iron skillet over medium high heat.

  3. When the oil shimmers in skillet, add the seasoned beef filets, browning then on both sides. Transfer the skillet to the center rack of the preheated oven; roast the filets until they reach 135 degrees F. at the center, for medium-rare doneness, approx. 8-10 minutes.

  4. Transfer the filets to a plate; tent well with foil to keep warm. (At this point, they will raise 5-10 more degrees in internal temperature to 140-145 degrees, medium rare.)

  5. Return the hot skillet to the burner over medium high heat. Add the thyme to the pan drippings in the skillet, cooking and stirring for a few seconds, then add the wine. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch into the broth, then add this mixture to the skillet. Let the sauce simmer until thickened and slightly reduced.

  6. Serve the steaks drizzled with the prepared warm sauce and cooked tarragon mushrooms.

To Prepare the Tarragon Mushrooms

  1. Heat a good swish of olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallion whites along with the mushrooms to the skillet.

  2. Cook the mushrooms, stirring occasionally until they are nicely softened and the juices evaporate, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in scallion greens and tarragon; remove from heat. Lastly, season to taste with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

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Terragon Mushrooms | Chef Alli's Farm Fresh KitchenPrintable Recipe: Tarragon Mushrooms

Tarragon Mushrooms

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword mushrooms, side dish
Author Chef Alli

Ingredients

  • Drizzle of good olive oil
  • 3 scallions chopped, white and green parts separated
  • 4 cups sliced baby bella or button mushrooms
  • 3/4 tsp. dried tarragon flakes
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. To prepare tarragon mushrooms, heat olive oil in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallion whites and mushrooms, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook mushrooms, stirring occasionally until mushrooms are nicely softened and the juices evaporate, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in scallion greens and tarragon; remove from heat.
  3. Serve fillets drizzled with prepared sauce and mushrooms on the side.

Need A Quick Appetizer?

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MHK Meats aged cheddar cheese paired with sliced Honey Crisp apples and a glass of Oz Winery Rusted Rivets Red Wine makes a simple, yet elegant appetizer while you wait.

The Key to an Ultra-Easy Dessert

Sweet Granada Assorted Chocolates | Chef Alli's Farm Fresh KitchenForget the cardboard heart box or the complicated dessert… buy some beautiful assorted chocolates and present them on a beautiful plate or stand. You can find these beauties (pictured) at Sweet Granada in Emporia. Or you can try your hand at chocolate-dipped cheesecake stuffed strawberries! 

3 Swanky Tips for Swooning Your Sweetheart in the Kitchen:

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  1. Take action! Valentine’s Day is about boots on the ground, so have your appetizer ready and waiting for your Sweetheart when he/she walks through that door. This sends a powerful signal that you desire to connect with them. (Who doesn’t love that??)
  2. Use what you have on hand. Nothing says anything has to be fancy. Simply setting the table for dinner creates a great visual – it’s a promise of good things to come.
  3. Concentrate on cooking just one DELICIOUS thing, perhaps the entree. Then, fill in with purchased accompaniments to keep your Sweetheart dinner easy and effortless. This allows you to put the focus where it belongs: on the one you love!

Now You’re Cookin’,
Chef Alli 

**These recipes were featured on Chef Alli’s Farm Fresh Kitchen with From the Land of Kansas, as part of WIBW 13 News This Morning, February 2018. To order your favorite From the Land of Kansas products and ingredients, visit the From the Land of Kansas Marketplace!

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Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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