Porterhouse for Two with Potatoes & Asparagus

The best of both worlds – Porterhouse for Two

Certified Angus Beef brand Porterhouse steak for two

One of the very few ongoing disagreements my husband and I have is over Valentine’s Day. He says he “doesn’t believe in it.” Whereas I, ever since I can remember, have been enchanted by the prospect of a day celebrating romance, love – and, it has to be said, candy.

His position boils down to this: We shouldn’t need a special day on the calendar to remind us to put our relationship – and our feelings for each other – first. And, grudgingly, I must admit that he has a point.

But I always counter that the world, in fact, needs a little more love, and what’s the harm
of a special (albeit arbitrary) day to remind people, including us, not to take the people they love for granted? And, grudgingly, he must admit that I have a point.

Plus, Valentine’s Day falls right in the middle of winter! The fun and festivities of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are but a distant memory, and – regardless of what the groundhog says on Feb. 2 – sunnier days are usually a ways away. Seems like the perfect time for a little celebration to me!

This year, though, the hubs and I won’t be together on the big day. We both travel for work, and this year, duty called. Hubby was elated, thinking he was off the hook. And, without telling him, I decided that he was. Because surprises are among the few things I love more than Valentine’s Day.

Making porterhouse steak for two - Happy Valentine's Day!

That’s why, on a seemingly random Saturday in January, I decided to knock his socks off with a totally unexpected treat: a romantic steak dinner for two, prepared with love in our kitchen. My recipe, Porterhouse for Two with Lemon Potatoes and Asparagus, was simple. (Dare I say foolproof?)

porterhouse is two steaks in one

The great thing about a Porterhouse is that it’s like two steaks in one. The larger portion is  strip steak – lean yet tender and flavorful, with a substantial “bite” that earns its reputation as the quintessential steakhouse menu item. The smaller portion on the other side of the telltale T-shaped bone is a tenderloin steak, a.k.a. filet mignon. Melt-in-your-mouth tender, with a mild flavor, this succulent steak provides the perfect contrast. It’s literally the best of both worlds in the steak universe. It even kind of looks like a heart shape. And, it has to be said, there’s something pretty enjoyable about sharing one plate.

(In case you’re wondering: The Porterhouse is essentially the same thing as a T-bone steak: strip on one side of the T-shaped bone, tenderloin on the other. If your tenderloin portion is bigger than a golf ball, then you’ve got yourself a Porterhouse. T-bones feature a more petite filet.)

Porterhouse steak seasoned with salt and pepper

Anyway, I seasoned both the potatoes and the steak simply, with salt and pepper.

Porterhouse steak with potatoes and asparagus

The potatoes were also tossed in a little olive oil, and into the oven to roast they went.

Potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper

Meanwhile, I was heating up a grill pan on the stove. (I’m a die-hard outdoor griller, but with a wind chill of -15°F, I was all too happy to stay in my cozy kitchen this time. No matter – the final result was just as delicious.) After searing the steak on both sides, it too, along with some asparagus, went into the oven to finish cooking.

Grilling Porterhouse steak with asparagus

In just a matter of minutes, everything was done. I tossed the roasted potatoes with a little finely chopped fresh rosemary, lemon zest and lemon juice – the perfect bright, acidic note to round out the rest of the savory, satisfying flavors.

Porterhouse Steak for Two from the Certified Angus Beef brand

As it turned out, I’d say my alternate Valentine’s Day dinner was a smashing success and, like the steak itself, the best of both worlds. Hubby got a memorable dinner date on a “random” day, and I got my evening of romance. We opened a bottle of wine, and took our time over dinner, sharing real conversation and a renewed connection.

Not to mention, the meal itself was delicious. The only thing that might have made it more perfect is Valentine’s candy … or flowers … hint, hint!

Whether your sweetheart prefers fine dining or homemade extravagance, make it a Valentine’s Day to remember! See all stories in the Love At First Bite series for romantic and tasty ideas.