8 Steaks for Valentine's Day

February 11, 2014

Before there were scented foams, supplementary truffle fees, and marathon tasting menus, there was the steakhouse. There were dark upholstered leather booths and balding waiters in tuxes, tiny lamps perched atop white linen tablecloths and old-school crème brûlée for dessert. There was Don Draper.

Steak -- rich and uncomplicated, good on its own and stellar with a sizeable pat of compound butter and creamed spinach for good measure -- is the original romantic dinner. Whether you embrace the porterhouse or daintily slice it over a salad, here are 8 ways to recreate it at home this Valentine's Day. Next up: track down a tux.

Sunday Steak with French Butter by thirschfeld

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Cowboy Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce by Aliwaks


Carne Asada con Rajas by Waverly


Miso Marinated Flat Iron Steak with Yuzu Kosho by Treble723


Porcini and Rosemary Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce by TasteFood


Spicy Thai Steak Salad by Merav


Sugar Steak with Bourbon by Amanda Hesser


Grilled Steak Salad with Italian Salsa Verde by Sarah | strawberryplum


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Fond of large dogs, tiny houses, pungent cheese, and dessert for dinner (or breakfast).


petrini.elisa February 11, 2014
I wish you'd offer a broiler or stovetop griddle option for recipes designed for outdoor grilling. NYC-ers are BBQ challenged!
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Rémy R. February 11, 2014
That is a great suggestion! Thanks so much. We've taken note -- lord knows I could use some tips for how to make steak in NYC. Until then, here's a video from our broiled steak contest a while back:
boulangere February 11, 2014
And if you like fire…….
Waverly February 11, 2014
This is a great assortment of different ways to make steak - my family's favorite meat hands-down. Thank you for including my carne asada con rajas. I have saved the article to try the rest.