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Valentine's: The Best Steak for Your Romantic Dinner


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How to Nail That Romantic Steak Dinner

It's almost Valentine's Day again. Are you racking your brains for a creative way to express your affection? Well, nothing says "love" more than a homemade dinner!


"The way to win anyone's heart is to nurture it," keyword nurture. Affection and attention are needed to make the best nourishing food. It doesn't start at the kitchen – it starts when you decide on a recipe that suits their tastes and uses the best ingredients.


Sharing food is an intimate experience. More than 80% of Americans feel that preparing a meal for someone is a significant act of love. Good food creates fond memories, forges closer relationships, and makes the heart grow fonder. Cooking for someone is a ubiquitous gesture to show that you care.


When it comes to a special dinner with your significant other, steak is the original romantic dinner.

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Top 4 Ranked Most Romantic Steaks

Steak has a reputation, and no matter how easy the preparation is, a steak dinner is bound to impress. Now you face the question, what steak should I make? Here are the Top 4 best steak cuts to share with a significant other:


#1 Filet Mignon

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No.1 Most Romantic Steak: Filet Mignon

There's something about the prized filet mignon sitting in the center of the plate with lines of drizzled sauce, a glass of red wine beside your hand reflecting the flickering candlelight that is inherently romantic. If steak has a language as flowers do, 50% of Americans agree that the succulent filet mignon would mean "I love you."


Sharing a meal with someone you love should never be plain, especially with this easy recipe; Filet With Mushroom Duxelles is bound to be highly appreciated. Coffee lovers, you must try the Coffee-Roasted Filet With Velvet Chile Sauce. Filet Mignon Crusted With Mushrooms & Parmesan is a wonderful people-pleaser, and something more inspired for spaghetti lovers would be this Browned Butter-Based Filet Mignon with White Wine Fettuccine & Charred Asparagus recipe. Feeling confident? Test out this Pecan-Crusted Filet With Pomegranate Sauce that's a feast for the eyes as well as the palate!



#2 The Ribeye

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No.2 Most Romantic Steak: The Ribeye

The ribeye is a time-honored staple for decadent and uncomplicated special dinners, loved for its great bite and robust flavor. With each juicy, buttery bite melting on your tongue, it's hard not to call the dinner a success.


Enhance your romantic dinner with a dreamy Blue Cheese-Crusted Ribeye, or go light and aromatic with a Tuscan Ribeye with a refreshing Watercress Salad. If you share a sweet tooth, drizzle sweet and rich Rosemary Cranberry Sauce on your grilled ribeye. Bring elegance to the table with a Classic Steak Au Poivre that's deceptively simple.



#3 Tomahawk Steak

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No. 3 Most Romantic Steak: Tomahawk

Cut an impressive figure as you serve up a glorious Tomahawk. One doesn't have to be a beef aficionado to be wowed by a bone-in Tomahawk. For many, it doesn't get any better than a big slab of juicy meat. Intensely flavorful and incredibly tender, the Tomahawk is always best grilled due to size, but they can be oven-roasted too.


Turn on the heat with Certified Piedmontese recommended Smoked Tomahawk Ribeye With Sweet & Sour Glaze, or go all out with Tomahawk With Cremini Mushroom Ragù, Rosemary Butter Sauce and Sautéed Baby Spinach.



#4 New York Strip

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No.4 Most Romantic Steak: New York Strip

New York Strips are the economical choice for delivering a mouth-watering dinner without punching a hole in your wallet. Cook hot and fast to keep this cut of meat butter knife-tender and possessing a rich, savory flavor. Take the classy route and dazzle with a perfectly cooked New York Strip.


Cover all your bases with New York Strips With Butter-Glazed Carrots & Baby Leeks, or add a little pizzazz with Grilled New York Strip With Celery Root Puree & Red Wine Reduction. Try the wonderfully rich Porcini-Rubbed New York Strip, or a delightful East meets West Seared NY Strip With Hoisin Jus. And how can we forget New York Strip With Bleu Cheese Sauce & Roasted Brussels Sprouts that's a surefire classic?


Cooking a steak is an act of love, and if you're looking to impress someone (or treat yourself) this Valentine's Day, steak is your best bet.



Sides


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Don't forget your side and dessert!

If you're inclined towards good ole' salt, pepper, and pure beefy flavor (with Certified Piedmontese beef, it's a 100% tastiness guarantee), consider one or two delicious sides to upgrade a romantic steak dinner to absolutely fabulous.


You can't go wrong with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Home-Style Baked Mac & Cheese, or Skillet Corn with Basil. Make a simple Roasted Winter Vegetables, or take it a further with Smashed Potatoes With Jalapeños, Chives & Bacon and Roasted Carrots & Brussels Sprouts With Walnuts & Pomegranate Seeds. No one can resist juicy Garlic-Roasted Mushrooms or a tangy Tomato Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette that looks just as good as it tastes! Balance out the main steak course with greens such as a Shallot-Cranberry Green Bean Salad, Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Shallots, or an Arugula Salad with Grilled Peaches, Chives, and Cider Vinaigrette.


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Berry Pistachio Chocolate Mousse Torte

For those who like a good challenge and a show-stopping dessert, we would recommend our current favorite Berry Pistachio Chocolate Mousse Torte.



Fun fact: Eating is such a big part of life's pleasures. Refusing a partner's cooking could very well feel like rejection. Obstacles to sharing food can cause the end of a romance. Over 53% of Americans say they wouldn't date someone over how they like their steak cooked. It's the classic case of "I love you, but I love steak more."



5 Tips for the Perfect Romantic Dinner

To further elevate your steak bliss, check off the list below to make sure you set up the perfect romantic evening.


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Don't forget your appetizer and desserts!

1. Clear all distractions.

Mute all outside noise for this special night. Switch off phones, computers, or TVs to make sure you're fully engaged with each other. Your dinner should be a little bubble of just you and your partner.


2. Add romantic aromas.

Choose a scent that is much loved. It could be aroma candles, essential oils, or incense sticks. The right fragrance can easily invoke the mood you want to set.


3. Set the mood with music.

A soft, melodious tune playing in the background instantly upgrades your daily dining space into something glinting with promise.


4. Send your spouse, partner, or date an invitation.

Make it truly "special" by sending a personalized message during the day to invite your significant other to share a romantic dinner with you. Whether through email, or physical card, this ritual creates more anticipation for spending time together.


5. Plan in advance.

Keep some romantic movies handy to watch after dinner. If your partner loves going out for movies or any other activity, take time to plan for it. The night doesn't have to end with dessert!




On this holiday of love, what's your menu tonight?


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