It’s February, and love is in the air! We love dinners, we love quality time, we love paying a lot for our meal…wait, what? Let’s back it up. While going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day can be delicious, it can also be expensive and involve high costs, long waits, and extra busy servers – this year it falls on a Saturday, an extra special one-two punch. Save your time and money by ordering your Surf N Turf at the most exclusive table in town - your own home! Let your savings be sexy.
Favado is here to help!
We’ve come up with a great dinner menu complete with sides and dessert – while a traditional “Surf N Turf” night for two at a restaurant might cost $60 or more, our menu brings it on home for about $30. YEP! With a delicious dinner that costs at least half of an average night in a restaurant, there’s plenty left over in the budget for flowers, or a night at the movies, or that fancy little shiny thing you’ve been eyeing.
Anything is possible at Chez Homemade!
- Broiled Flank Steak with Scampi Shrimp
- Baked Potatoes
- Oven Roasted Green Beans
- Raspberry Parfait
While this menu screams high costs and chef-like skills, let Favado whisper a little secret in your ear: you can prepare this at home for half the cost. Start with pre-making your dessert and work backwards so that your meal timing rivals any fine-dining establishment.
Step One: Raspberry Parfaits
- 2 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 2 Tbsp raspberry jam
- ½ cup whipped topping, divided
- ½ cup fresh raspberries
In a small bowl, beat together the cream cheese and raspberry jam. Fold in ¼ cup of the whipped topping. Layer raspberries, cream cheese-raspberry mixture in a small glass, and top with remaining whipped topping. Keep refrigerated until serving.
Note: if you have the time and willpower to ignore the parfaits in the fridge, do these as early as the night before.
Step Two: Oven Roasted Green Beans
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- ½ lb. green beans
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- Salt and pepper.
Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil.
In a mixing bowl, toss the olive oil, green beans, garlic, salt and pepper. Spread out on the lined baking sheet and roast in the oven for 8 minutes, tossing once. Serve as side dish.
Note: This also can be done in about 15 minutes with a sauté pan over medium-high heat if your oven is too busy with potatoes and steak.
Step Three: Baked Potatoes
- 2 large baking potatoes
- Butter, sour cream, chives, cheese
Preheat oven to 425. Wrap the potatoes in foil and cut a slit into each one. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until tender. Serve with favorite toppings like butter, sour cream, chives and shredded cheese.
Step Four: Flank Steak and Shrimp Scampi
You’ll need a broiler pan in your oven for the Flank Steak, but this could also be done on the grill if you are feeling particularly outdoorsy (or it isn’t buried in snow). If done in the oven, move the oven racks as close to the top as possible, as that’s where the broiler heat element is.
For the Flank Steak:
- 3 lbs. flank steak
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to Broil. Melt the butter. Combine melted butter, garlic powder and salt and pepper; brush evenly over raw steak. Place steak on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; broil until desired degree of doneness, turning once. Keep thickness of meat in mind when cooking – thinner cuts take less time. When you’ve reached desired temp, remove steak and let rest at least 5 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices to serve.
A Note: For steak cooked Medium or above, rub with melted butter and then stick it in the freezer while the oven preheats. The freezer time makes the outside of the steak colder and therefore cooks slower, allowing you to cook the interior to medium-well without overcooking the exterior of the steak. You’re welcome!
For the Shrimp Scampi:
- 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ cup butter, cubed
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 6 large jumbo shrimp, raw and defrosted
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup dry breadcrumbs
In a hot skillet, sauté garlic in butter and oil until fragrant. In a separate bowl, mix cheese and breadcrumbs. Add the raw shrimp, lemon juice, salt and pepper; cook and stir until shrimp turn pink. Remove shrimp from heat, then immediately sprinkle cooked shrimp with mixture. Serve over the broiled flank steak.
Note: This step is simple, so if the smell of garlic and butter in a skillet doesn’t motivate you we simply don’t know what will.
When it’s time to serve dinner, make it fun! Use that cute tablecloth with matching cloth napkins! Light the expensive soy candles! Thanks to Favado, you’ve saved about 50% on your Valentine’s Day dinner without sacrificing an ounce of delicious.
We love you, too!