Updated: Feb 16, 2021
Here's the recipes T and I are making for Valentines Day!
Copycat Olive Garden Fonduta
8 oz mozzarella
8 oz provolone
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 roma tomato
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine the cheeses and sour cream in a bowl and mix. Sprinkle in some smoked paprika and garlic powder and mix together, use as much as you need to get the flavor you're looking for. Put into a small casserole dish and bake until bubbly and slightly golden on top. While baking dice the roma tomato up rather small and season slightly with Italian seasoning. When the fonduta is finished, top with the roma tomato. Serve with toasted bread, or really anything you'd want to dip into a fondue type of cheese.
Steak and Scalloped Potatoes
2 steaks, cut of your choice
3 russet potatoes
Since the potatoes will take the longest, start with those. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice your potatoes into rounds and set aside. Use an oven safe pan or pot, a casserole dish works great for this, sprinkle some flour on the bottom of the pan and layer your potatoes in the following way: a thin layer of potatoes, a sprinkle of flour, cheddar cheese, garlic and onion powder, and about a tablespoon of butter cut into 4 pieces. When you finish the top layer add a little extra cheese to get a nice crispy top layer. Pour milk, probably about 1.5-2 cups, over the top and cover with foil to bake. Bake until you can easily insert a fork into the potatoes, uncovering about 15 minutes prior to finished to give the top layer of cheese a chance to crisp up a bit. While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the steaks. Bring to room temperature and season with salt and pepper. You can season with other seasonings if you prefer, but I only ever use salt and pepper for mine. Grill your steaks to your preferred doneness and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting. I prefer my steak at a good medium and for this the internal temperature should reach 135-145 degrees.
Melting Pot Banana's Foster Chocolate Fondue
4 oz white chocolate
1 banana, thinly sliced
4 oz caramel sauce
1 tsp banana extract
Put banana slices on the bottom of a warm pot. Melt the chocolate and pour on top of the banana's. Mix in the caramel sauce and banana extract. Service with strawberries, brownies, vanilla wafers, etc. Mainly anything you'd want to dip into a yummy banana chocolatey fondue. This stuff is bomb.
So I won't be posting any recipes or anything over the weekend because plans and what not, so I figured I'd post what T and I are going to make for dinner at some point over the weekend. I don't have any pictures of anything, because I haven't made the fonduta or the chocolate fondue before, but I'll snap some and put them up on Instagram when we make it. We're predicted to get more snow every day this weekend, and frankly I'm over it. Spring starts March 20th and I truly cannot wait. I haven't even gotten to sled ride even once this year, maybe T and I will grab some sleds and go down his hill a few times this weekend. Who knows, stay safe and warm and enjoy your weekend!