Bring on the Beef! A Mix & Match Steakhouse Dinner for Valentine's Day!

Whip up an easy steak dinner at home this Valentine's Day with our choose-your-own menus

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 

Grilled Hanger 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.

T-Bone Steaks with Salsa Verde

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.

Steak au Poivre

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 

For steakhouse purists, a classic baked potato is the only way to go.
Like your spuds on the creamy side? Garlicky Boursin and pungent scallions make these potatoes irresistible.
Crispy on the ouside, fluffy on the inside, it's the best of both potato worlds.

Pick your spinach 

Creamed 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.

Lemon, garlic and red pepper flakes give this spinach a ton of flavor. Added bonus: it takes minutes to prepare.

Pick your dessert 

Molten chocolate cake is a restaurant menu staple, but it's so easy to replicate at home. This is the one time you want to undercook a dessert -- the soft, pudding-like center is to die for.
Flavored with orange liqueur, orange zest and vanilla and almond extracts, this bread pudding is a truly epic end to a special meal. Finish with a drizzle of homemade or store-bought caramel sauce.

Classic Creme Brulee

Break out your blow torch! That burnt caramel top provides the perfect contrast to the silky vanilla custard underneath.

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