Still looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day idea for you and your sweetheart? The good news is you don’t have to venture much further than your own home! Mother Nature and Cupid are getting together for a special Valentine’s Day bonus — snow. The forecast is calling for wintry weather this week, and what’s more romantic than a homemade dinner for two with a blanket of fresh fallen snow as your backdrop?
Show your Valentine just how much s/he means to you and get the most out of your propane home by preparing a romantic dinner using your residential propane grill from ThompsonGas. Here are a few savory recipes for propane home grilling inspiration.
Grilled Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce
Recipe and photo c/o AllRecipes.com
Serving Size: 4
4 cups heavy cream
3 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 (8 ounce) filets beef tenderloin
1 pinch lemon pepper
1 pinch garlic powder
1 pinch onion powder
salt and ground black pepper to taste
12 slices thick sliced bacon, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
- Pour heavy cream into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer until the cream has reduced by half, stirring occasionally, about an hour. Remove from heat and whisk in the Gorgonzola cheese and Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg, until the cheese has melted.
- Season the beef tenderloin with lemon pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Set aside. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Turn your home propane tank knob to the left to loosen it and start the flow of gas into the grill. Once the propane is flowing, hit the starter button. Set your home propane grill’s heat to medium-to-high, and lightly oil the grate.
- Grill the steaks until they start to firm, and are reddish-pink and juicy in the center, 3-5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 130 degrees. Remove the steaks from the grill and tent with foil to rest for 5-10 minutes. Serve each steak with the Gorgonzola sauce and top with crumbled bacon and chopped green onion.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Recipe and photo c/o Taste of Home
Serving Size: 2-3
10 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
1/8 teaspoon pepper
5 bacon strips, halved lengthwise
- Place asparagus on a sheet of waxed paper and coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with pepper; turn to coat. Wrap a bacon piece around each spear and secure ends with toothpicks.
- Turn your home propane tank knob to the left to loosen it and start the flow of gas into the grill. Once the propane is flowing, hit the starter button. Set your home propane grill’s heat to medium.
- Grill asparagus, uncovered, over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until bacon is crisp. Discard toothpicks and serve.
Grilled Pound Cake with Berries
Recipe and photo c/o Taste of Home
Serving Size: 6
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
5 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
3 tablespoons butter, softened
6 slices pound cake (about 1 inch thick)
- In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, 2 tablespoons sugar and mint. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Beat in remaining sugar. Add lemon juice and peel; beat until soft peaks form. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
- Spread butter over both sides of cake slices. Turn your home propane tank knob to the left to loosen it and start the flow of gas into the grill. Once the propane is flowing, hit the starter button. Set your home propane grill’s heat to medium.
- Grill cake slices, uncovered, over indirect medium heat for 1-2 minutes on each side or until light golden brown. Serve with berry mixture and whipped cream.
Propane Grilling Tip
For ideal flavor and consistency, consider these temperature tips for cooking different types of meat with your propane home grill.
- Fish should be at room temperature before cooking, medium fire while grilling. Fish cooks very quickly — it should break apart easily when it’s done.
- Chicken should be close to room temperature before cooking, medium-to-hot fire while grilling. Chicken is properly done around 165 degrees.
- Pork chops can be cold before cooking, medium-to-hot fire while grilling. Pork should be cooked to 145 degrees but no more than 155 degrees.
- Steak uses a hot fire when grilling. Cook to your desired doneness.
Grilling Safety Tip
It’s very important that you pay attention to your home propane grill while cooking. It’s tempting to leave your meat grilling on its own while you tend to other things, but refrain from doing so. Being extra attentive while grilling ensures better safety, keeps your meat temperatures stable and helps you determine when meat is ready to be flipped.
What recipes are you excited to try on your home propane grill this Valentine’s Day?