Valentine’s Night In
Recipes / 13 Feb 2014

Prepare a five-star meal from the comfort of your own kitchen. Avoid the crowds and impress your Valentine with a decadent, romantic meal, courtesy celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis.

Main Course:

Filet Mignon with Balsamic Syrup and Goat Cheese

Delicious spin on a classic. Easy to prepare, guaranteed to impress!

1 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter
6 (5 to 6-ounce) filet mignon steaks (each about 1-inch thick)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces soft fresh goat cheese

Boil the balsamic vinegar and sugar in a heavy small saucepan over medium-high heat until reduced to 1/3 cup, stirring occasionally, about 18 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Melt the butter in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the steaks with salt and pepper. Cook the steaks to desired doneness, about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer the steaks to a baking sheet. Crumble the cheese over the steaks and broil just until the cheese melts, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with pepper. Transfer the steaks to plates. Drizzle the balsamic sauce around the steaks and serve.

And for dessert – we love Giada’s Chocolate Raspberry Mascarpone Bars.

Berries and chocolate are a Valentine’s Day tradition. This recipe is the perfect twist on tradition – by adding luscious mascarpone to the mix!