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2. Bloody-Rare Steak with Potatoes
Fast, easy, and satisfying, a rare-cooked steak is like a great one-night stand. And making great steak, like love, is all about the finesse – touching the meat as it cooks to judge how well-done it is, letting it stand so that its juices trickle lightly once it's cut into. It doesn't take much effort otherwise to pull off this main course, but it will set you back a bit on cash. In any case, it's much cheaper, and more personal, than ordering the same at a restaurant. Share a good bottle of red to go with it, and splash some with the pan juices to create a simple reduction sauce. Mash some potatoes and serve a vegetable side. Your home will be transformed into the best steakhouse in town, all at a moment's notice.