A Valentine's Day feast on a budget

Daniel Neman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

Published in Entertaining

The best dates are cheap dates.

Maybe you’re just getting to know someone you hope to get to know better. Maybe you’re spending time with someone and want to do something nice for them.

Maybe you’re just cheap.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and if you don’t want to shell out the cash for a fancy restaurant meal (served by an overworked and possibly undertipped restaurant staff), you can have a much more intimate and romantic meal at home.

It costs less than you would pay at a restaurant, and if you do it right, it could even cost much less.

So for this Valentine’s Day, I decided to make a romantic meal on the cheap.


Within limits, that is. It’s Valentine’s Day. The way to a loved one’s heart is through his or her stomach, after all, so you want an entrée that is substantial. Pork chops have their place, chicken is always nice (but never more than nice) and I love a good nawabi gobi as much as the next guy and probably more.

But I was in the mood for steak. On Valentine’s Day, it’s a carnivore’s delight.

Steak isn’t cheap, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Sirloin is the best choice for reasonably priced steak — it’s a cheap steak for a cheapskate. I bought a sirloin big enough for two for less than $8.

I saved money by dolling it up in an inexpensive way. Ordinarily, I don’t put anything on steak other than salt and pepper, but for Valentine’s Day you want to do something a little special. I refrained from making fancy or difficult sauces and went with a simple compound butter.


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