Monday, February 17, 2014

Bacon-Wrapped Filets and Garlic Mashed Potatoes // The Pioneer Woman Cooks

This past Friday was Valentine's Day, and even though David and I have been dating for three V-days, this was the first time that we got to spend the actual day together. I'm not really a gimmicky person, but being in a long-distance relationship, David and I felt that it was important to observe such a lovey-dovey holiday.

To celebrate, we stayed in and cooked dinner. We opened a bottle of wine and set to work. On the menu: bacon-wrapped filets with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and salad, and angel food cupcakes with strawberries and whipped cream for dessert. The recipes for the steak and spuds came from my Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook, and by using two recipes from it, I fulfilled my goal for February of making at least one thing a month from this awesome cookbook.

The mashed potatoes were really easy to cook and the cream cheese made them really creamy (definitely not a diet food). The steak however proved to be a little more difficult than expected. The main reason was because we weren't able to get the filet mignon that the recipe called for. After having two snow days, the Atlanta grocery stores were wiped out, and we had very little red meat to choose from. We ended up buying "mock filets" which was ultimately a mistake. The meat took much, much longer to cook than a traditional filet, and the result was a chewy and slightly tough steak. Well, lesson learned, I guess.

We also realized while prepping the steak that we didn't have any toothpicks to hold the bacon in place. So David had the idea to use dry spaghetti instead. Resourceful much?

Dessert was very yummy though. Because I don't have a bundt pan, David and I made our angel food cake in an over-sized muffin tin, and that worked great. We added some fresh strawberries and some whipped cream, and we were in dessert heaven.

Overall, it was a wonderful meal, especially the company :)

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