Date night sure looks different in 2020, doesn’t it?
Since March, Rob and I have been out on a date—like out of our houses, at a restaurant where someone else cooks the food—twice. TWO TIMES. In a normal year, I’d be worried for our marriage, but this year it’s pretty normal.
Instead of going out, we’ve been making an effort these past few months to have a fancy date night at home every so often. We had another one this past Saturday night and it was so much fun.
We put the kids down, get dressed up and pretend like our front living room is the bar. Turn on some jazz music, pour a glass of wine and honestly, it feels pretty damn amazing.
The only downside is that I still have to cook. But, I’ve mastered a super easy steak dinner at home that doesn’t take long and tastes like you’re at a fancy restaurant. One of our favorites in Chicago was Tango Sur—a casual, inexpensive, BYOB steakhouse on Southport that made us feel like we were in a different country. It’s dark inside, but loud and busy and just gave me all the best feels! So essentially, we try to create that minus the loud and busy part, haha!
How to Cook Perfect Filets
As you guys know, we’re obsessed with our ButcherBox and two months ago, I added filets to our box and it was the best decision ever. It basically reminds me to set aside time for date night for us and I’m so grateful for it!
Quick note on ButcherBox, we signed up for this last February and it is amazing! They deliver high-quality beef, chicken, pork and seafood. While we do try to eat more plants over here, when we do eat meat, I love knowing that it’s the best quality! They’re almost always running a sign-up special, so click here to see what the current one is!
Here’s how to make these super easy and tasty steaks:
Steakhouse Filets at Home
- 2 grassfed beef filets, we love ButcherBox
- salt & pepper
- olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Rub a small amount of olive oil on the steaks, then season with salt and pepper.
- Heat a cast-iron skillet or heavy-bottomed pan over medium high heat. Make sure whatever pan you use can go in the oven.
- Once hot, sear steaks on top and bottom (if they’re thick, sear the sides too) for about 2 minutes per side.
- Transfer to the oven and cook for 5-8 minutes, testing with a meat thermometer until it reaches desired doneness. I look for an internal temperature of 125 degrees for medium rare.
- Remove steaks from oven and pan on a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest for 10 minutes.
Serve your steaks with whatever sides you like! We often do roasted potatoes and a broccolini or asparagus. Or, a green veggie and a salad for something lighter!
Happy date nighting!!!
BTW, a healthy weekly meal plan, and oven-roasted whole chicken.