A Steakhouse-Worthy Valentine's Day Menu

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Sugar Steak with Bourbon
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Serves 3 to 4

1 flank steak (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup bourbon
1/2 teaspoon red ... more 
Photo by: Sarah Shatz
Sugar Steak with Bourbon
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Serves 3 to 4

1 flank steak (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup bourbon
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Kosher salt

1. Layer together the flank steak, sugar, bourbon, and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Rub the sugar and red pepper flakes into the steak. Put the steak in a 1-gallon plastic bag, add the remaining sugar mixture, seal the bag, and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 hours.
2. Heat the broiler and lay the steak on a baking sheet (one that you're ok with warping under the broiler). Generously season the steak all over with salt. Place the steak under the broiler -- 4 to 6 inches from the flame -- and broil for 3 minutes on each side for medium rare. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes, then cut into 1/4-inch slices.
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Tue, Feb 5, 2013 2:06 PM EST

We understand the allure of a steakhouse dinner on Valentine's Day: it's indulgent, it shows you care, and it's nice to feel fancy every once in a while. With 50 other diners similarly hoping for an intimate experience, however, the reality of a romantic dinner often doesn't meet expectations. So this year, strip away the checked table cloths, and cook your beloved a decadent, steakhouse-worthy dinner at home. Sure, you'll have to do the dishes, but it's a small price to pay for the assurance that there won't be any amorous strangers leaning into your bread basket.

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