Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner

by Pamela

Perfect Valentine's Day Dinner

Last year, for Valentine’s Day, I wrote a post telling you how to cook filet mignon just like they do at the steak house. This year, I thought I’d show you how to make that steak dinner even more special. Turn that filet mignon (or rib eye) into a heart shaped steak.

Who says you need to go out to eat for a great Valentine’s Day dinner? In fact, I say you can have a much better dinner at home than you can on a holiday at a restaurant. Plus, if you don’t plan at least a couple of weeks ahead of time, the only restaurant you’ll be having dinner at on Valentine’s Day is going to be Chipotle.

Since you’ve learned how to cook a filet mignon, I thought I’d show you how to turn that plain ol’ filet into a special Valentine’s Day dinner heart shaped piece of meat for your boo. You can do this with a boneless rib eye as well. In fact, you can cook the rib eye the same way you cook the filet mignon (it may just take a bit longer).

This easy steak recipe is cooked in a cast iron skillet

When you’re buying your cut of meat, you want to look for a cut that’s wider at the top than at the bottom (less cutting needed to get the heart shape). If you can’t find the right shape in the meat case, ask the guys behind the counter if they can cut you a 2″-3″ thick piece near the tail end of the filet roast. It also helps if you tell them what you’re trying to do. They may even filet it for you. 😉

Once you get your steak home, it’s time to do the fileting (or heart shaping).

A heart shaped filet mignon is the perfect Valentine's Day dinner

Get yourself a sharp knife. If you use a serrated knife, the surface of the meat will be rough (like you see in this picture). If you use a smooth blade, you’ll get a nice smooth surface on your meat. Place the meat on its straighter side and find the middle of the thickness. Carefully slice 3/4 of the way through your cut of meat. Gently separate the two sides of the meat and see how flat the cut is. The meat should be flat and even in the middle. If need be, slowly cut a bit further into the meat to get it flat so that the meat cooks evenly.

A heart shaped filet mignon is the perfect Valentine's Day dinner

So make this Valentine’s Day dinner a little more special by serving up a delicious steak that’s shaped like a heart. His or her heart will surely melt.

Perfect Valentine's Day Dinner
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The perfect Valentine's Day dinner with an easy steak recipe: heart shaped filet mignon cooked in a cast iron skillet.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
  • 2 2-3" Thick Filet Mignon or Boneless Rib Eye
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4-5 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Large Cloves Garlic
  1. Bring filets to room temperature.
  2. Turn steak onto its flattest edge. Find the middle of the thickness and gently slice through the rounded side of the meat. Only cut ¾ of the way through.
  3. Let each side of the meat fall to either side and carefully continue slicing until meat is the same thickness all the way across the filet.
  4. Place cast iron skillet on stove top and turn heat up to high.
  5. Add salt and pepper to both sides of filets.
  6. Once pan is rip roarin' hot, drop steaks into pan.
  7. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side (for medium rare). Add 2 minutes per side for every level of doneness beyond medium rare.
  8. Once crust has formed on second side, add butter to pan.
  9. While it's melting, add thyme and garlic to pan.
  10. Swirl butter around pan to coat undersides of meat.
  11. Tilt pan and spoon melted butter over top of the steaks.
  12. Move the garlic cloves into the melted butter to add even more garlic flavor to the steaks.
  13. Remove pan from heat and place filets on a large plate.
  14. Let rest for 10 minutes, so that the juices can re-distribute in the meat.
  15. Serve.


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Julia February 9, 2015 at 9:44 am

Yes to staying in for Valentine’s Day! Cooking together is one of the most romantic acts of love EVAH! Love this tutorial…Now if only I could find a nice man to share it with…. 😉

Pamela February 9, 2015 at 9:52 am

Julia, you can make the heart steak for yourself too. 😉

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef February 8, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Steak like this almost guarantees you’d get lucky later. 🙂

Pamela February 9, 2015 at 9:53 am

Absotively Maureen!!! 😉

Sippitysup February 7, 2015 at 2:01 pm

“Butterflies” become hearts. Yes, Virginia there is a Cupid. GREG

Pamela February 9, 2015 at 9:54 am

That’s cute Greg, I’ve never heard that one before.

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