But his favorite thing is when I make him a classic steakhouse meal:
Seared filet mignon,
with crispy matchstick potatoes,
and of course, the classic wedge salad.
It's a delicious and fairly simple meal, although things can get a little smoky while cooking the steak!
Seared Filet Mignon
2 5-6 oz filet mignon steaks (about 1 inch thick)
Cracked black pepper
Two slivers of butter
Heat a cast iron pan over high heat until screaming hot. I usually do this for somewhere between 3-5 minutes.
While pan preheats, coat your steaks very generously on both sides with salt and cracked black pepper.
When ready to cook, brush the pan with a small amount of oil. Place the steaks in the pan, and allow to sear for 3 minutes. Flip to the other side and sear until desired doneness. I do ours to 130°, which is medium rare.
Just before serving, top each steak with a sliver of butter. Sometimes I also use a drizzle of Trader Joe's balsamic syrup.
Matchstick Potatoes, adapted from Ina Garten
4 baking potatoes, peeled
Corn oil (I used almost a full quart)
Preheat oven to 350°. Fill a large pot or Dutch oven with 1 inch of oil and heat it to 350°.
Slice potatoes into thin matchsticks, using a mandolin or the shredding disc of your food processor. Drop potatoes into a bowl of cold water as you work.
When ready to fry, drain potatoes very well. In batches, drop them in the hot oil and cook 3-5 minutes, until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate, and sprinkle generously with salt. Repeat.
Keep warm on a baking sheet in the 350 degree oven for up to a half hour.
½ head iceberg lettuce
½ pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 rib celery, diced
4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped
Ranch or blue cheese dressing
Slice the half head of lettuce into four wedges and arrange on a plate. Top with tomatoes, celery, bacon, chives, and dressing.
(I think this would be much better if you made your own dressing, using a recipe like the one here, but I told you, I have a picky husband, and a blue cheese is on the no-fly list).
Next project, fancy sauces for the steak. Anyone have any good recipes?