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It's a cliche, but it's true. Nothing says "It's Valentine's Day!" more than a steakhouse dinner. Instead of trying to score a last-minute reservation or settling for an overpriced prix fixe menu, fix a steak dinner at home that's just as good -- possibly even better because you can immediately adjourn to the bedroom. Or to the couch to watch TV. Whatever you prefer.
Pick up your favorite bottle of wine and create your own customized menu from these easy steakhouse-inspired recipes.
Pick your steak
Hanger steak offers rich, meaty flavor for a fraction of what you'll pay for other cuts of beef at your butcher's counter. It cooks up perfectly in a cast iron skillet with nothing more than a little oil, salt and pepper.
The T-bone (or Porterhouse) is two cuts of beef in one: the firm, slightly chewy strip and the tender, mild-tasting tenderloin. Best cooked on a grill or grill pan, it's a big piece of meat that will make a big impression on the plate.
Want to really go all out? Pick up two filet mignons, coat them in peppercorns and don't overcook them. To gild the lily, er, steak, serve them with a classic pan sauce.
Pick your potato
Pick your spinach
Even avowed spinach haters will love this over-the-top delicious recipe, made with cream, butter and topped with bacon.
White House No-Cream Creamed Spinach
This recipe has the luxurious texture of creamed spinach without all the extra fat and calories.
Pick your dessert
Classic Creme Brulee
Break out your blow torch! That burnt caramel top provides the perfect contrast to the silky vanilla custard underneath.