When Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday, as it does this week, restaurants usually get a three-for-one boost: some people celebrate the Feast of St. Valentine by dining out the weekend before, some make reservations the weekend after, and some go out to dinner on the actual day, February 14.
And then there are people, like me, who prefer to make a yummy dinner at home for their one true Valentine, plus their kids and/or their four legged family members. That V Day this year falls in the middle of the week could be a complication, since I rarely make anything with more than three ingredients on work/school nights.
This recipe crossed my desk right as I was thinking about what to cook for Valentine’s Day dinner. It looks easy and delicious, and it only requires two ingredients that I don’t presently stock in my kitchen (filet mignon steaks and blue cheese). The key to this recipe is the quality of the beef. It comes from Pre Brands, a Chicago-based start-up company that markets high-quality, grass-fed beef that is now available at Jewel and Mariano’s in the northern suburbs.
- 2 Pre Brands Filet Mignon steaks
- 1 ½ cups balsamic vinegar
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp. butter
- blue cheese
- Boil 1 ½ cups of balsamic vinegar and 3 tablespoons of sugar over medium-high heat until reduced to 1/3 cup, stirring occasionally for about 16-18 minutes.
- Preheat broiler. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. Cook steaks for 3-4 minutes per side (medium rare), or preferred doneness.
- Crumble cheese over steaks and broil until cheese melts for about one minute.
- Sprinkle with pepper and drizzle balsamic over steaks.