A fancy meal does not have to be challenging to prepare or take the better part of a week to cook. Fancy can be simple, yet elegant and prepared even after a long day of work. While those super elegant steak houses like to charge you at least 50 dollars for a quality filet and a side that just barely fills a thimble, you can make a meal of the same quality at home for a quarter of the price. If you happen to be a member of Sam’s or Costco, you can get Filet Mignon at less than half the price of your local mega mart. Our port-mushroom sauce is super simple to make but is packed with more flavor than you can wrap your mouth around. There are only a few ingredients and most of them are quite inexpensive (if you don’t have port already, just grab a half bottle to cut down the cost!). Potatoes, turnips, and garlic are practically free and are not only delicious, but packed with nutrients and antioxidants (especially when you leave the skins on the potatoes). For just a few bucks you too can eat like a celebrity and enjoy the comfort of home!
Cooking steaks on a grill takes me back to my childhood each and every time that I do it. Where I grew up, there used to be this restaurant that had a massive grill in the main dining area. For a flat fee, you picked the steak that you wanted to grill (I always went for the Filet Mignon), plopped it on the grill and prepared it exactly to your likings. You also had access to as many baked potatoes as you could fit into your stomach and toast to grill as well. Oh my, it was delicious and so much fun. While this restaurant was by no means a glamorous locale, it was fun. Sometimes I feel like many restaurants are taking the fun out of steaks by upping the price and giving you the choice of paying extra for that side that you really really want. This does not have to be the case if you prepare the steaks at home.
Steak alone is fantastic. However, with the right sauce, steak can be taken to another galaxy. We went with a mushroom sauce prepared with port wine and cream. I mean, how can you go wrong with mushrooms, port wine, and cream? To top that off, we plate it with a heaping pile of our delicious rustic garlic mashed potatoes and some grilled asparagus. If your mouth is not currently watering, you might want to go see a doctor immediately. Seriously.
So, if you are in a rush and don’t want to spend a fortune at those fancy steak houses, whip up our “Filet with a Port-Mushroom Sauce, Grilled Asparagus, and Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes” and I guarantee that your significant other will be smiling from ear to ear.