When is the last time you and your significant other sat down and had a nice, dare I say “date night” meal together? I’ll admit it’s been a while for my husband and I. So when one of my girlfriends told me about a surprise ‘at home date night’ meal she made her husband, I was inspired to do my part and help others keep the flame burning. With that, I’m pleased to announce my new “At Home Date Night” recipe collection I’ll be adding to the blog. I reached out to some of my Facebook followers to see what to feature first, and it was a landslide with marinated steaks taking the cake.
I wanted to find something unique that most of you hadn’t tried before, and I think I nailed it! I went with a Balsamic Onion Mocha marinade and it is devine! I paired it with garlic and herb red and purple pan-roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts, which I will also include in my how-to. (You can’t mess this one up, I promise!)
Turn down the lights and turn on the romance. Get ready to sweep your man or woman off their feet with this wonderful, sophisticated meal that is simple and easy to prepare.
(Cue Marvin Gaye- “Let’s get it on”) and we shall begin.
2 Steaks of choice (I went with a 5 oz. sirloin)
1 cup light balsamic vinaigrette dressing, divided
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp ground espresso coffee
dash ground black pepper
1 onion, chopped
I have created a short video on how to create the marinade! It can be found here: >>>
1. Once your steaks are marinated, turn your oven on broil.
2. While the oven is warming, you can prep your potatoes. I chose baby reds and purple, because I think they add such nice color. I simply cut the potatoes into quarters and drizzled them with olive oil, minced garlic, rosemary, and added a dash of salt and pepper. I cooked them in a skillet, covered, over medium heat and they were finished in perfect timing with the steaks. Make sure and stir them occasionally.
3. Place your steaks on your broiler rack (be sure to add water to the bottom), and place them in the oven. Broil for 13 to 18 minutes for medium rare (145 degrees) to medium (160 degrees) doneness, turning once.
4. Meanwhile, cook chopped onion and remaining 2/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette in medium saucepan over medium heat, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes or until onion is tender.
5. I aslo prepared brussels sprouts. I drizzled with olive oil, minced garlic and a dash of salt and pepper and cooked them in my vegetable cooker in the microwave for about 3 1/2 minutes and they turned out wonderful.
6. At this time, your steaks should be done. Remove them from the oven and place a loosely tented piece of tin foil on top to allow them to rest for 5-7 minutes. This step assures that your steaks’ natural juices will evenly distribute and result in a pleasant experience when you first slice into them.
7. As the steaks rest, select a nice bottle of wine to go with your meal. I would recommend a cabernet for a red or chardonnay for a white.
8. The final step to this recipe is adding the balsamic onion glaze. Feel free to add to your potatoes and brussels sprouts as well. I did and found it to be delicious.
9. Turn the lights down low, light a few candles and enjoy this lovely meal that you prepared either together as a couple or as a special surprise.