Valentine's Day is going to look much different than it did last year, right before the pandemic spread wildly throughout the country. Couples will now have to get creative with how they celebrate, considering it's harder to find a date spot with limited outdoor restaurant seating, shuttered movie theaters and the heightened risks that come with traveling.
Don't worry too much! This is your chance to put your goals of cooking together at home into action. Dust off your cookbooks, fire up your laptop, and gather the groceries you need to prepare a delicious meal for two this Valentine's Day.
Here are some of the best pairings to make with your steak during your date night.
- Potatoes have been a classic for many years. From the baked potato to roasted, mashed, and au gratin, your options are almost endless. Plus you'll find some of the best potatoes in the country from right here in Washington state, which produces 20% of U.S. potatoes. Washington Potato Growers are dedicated to maintaining the highest efficiency and quality when growing potatoes on their farms.
- Green veggies are a colorful and healthy addition to your plate of steak and potatoes. Try some green beans, asparagus, broccolini, or Brussels sprouts underneath the meat or on the side. If you're not a huge fan of veggies, add seasoning or cheese.
- Mushrooms are an underrated accessory to red meat. Cook the mushrooms in a sauce along with your steak to add even more flavor to your meal. Stuffing the mushrooms with cheese and spices will make a delicious appetizer too.
- Cauliflower can be a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes, or it can be served whole with some other roasted or steamed vegetables.
- Sauté or steam some carrots, and add some spices, just like you did with your green veggies. Carrots are another healthy option that can go on the top or on the side of your dish.
- Ditch the diet for a weekend and add some rice pilaf and dinner rolls to your plate.
- For people who love seafood, Chef John Howie of John Howie Steak in Bellevue has a recipe that includes surf, turf and comfort on the same plate. Check out the recipe at the bottom of this screen to learn how to make Maine lobster mashed potatoes!
Washington state is home to two main potato growing sites in the Columbia River Basin and the Skagit Valley, with the former being the most productive region for potato crops. The climate and soil are prime elements for growing potatoes, and Washington Potato Growers take extreme pride in producing quality potatoes for everyone to enjoy.
So, grab your groceries, start prepping in the kitchen, and whatever you don't try this year can be something to look forward to for your next celebration!