Dinner Ideas for Creating a Romantic Candlelit Dinner for Two in the Smokies: Dine in Style in One of Our Gatlinburg Cabins

SC PORCH.jpgCozying up with the one you love in a warm cabin in Gatlinburg is the best way to beat the winter blues! Diamond Mountain Rentals can provide you with the most cozy and romantic cabin for two, you just need to bring the ingredients and the candles to create a special dinner for two in one of our fully equipped kitchens featured in our luxurious cabins.

We have listed two of our favorite dinners that will allow you to dine in style without even having to leave your cabin! Call us today to rent the perfect cabin for two and after a quick stop to the grocery store, you’ll have all the ingredients necessary for a romantic getaway in the Smokies!

Filet Mignon with Mushroom-Wine Sauce


1/2 cup less-sodium beef broth

1/4 cup water

2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Cooking spray

2 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks

1 cup presliced mushrooms

1/2 cup sweet Marsala


Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Combine first 7 ingredients in a bowl. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steaks to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steaks from pan. Add mushrooms to pan, and cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove mushrooms from pan. Remove pan from heat; add Marsala, scraping the pan to loosen browned bits. Reduce heat to medium. Return pan to heat. Add broth mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in mushrooms.

Linguine Carbonara


4 ounces uncooked linguine

1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk

3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cooking spray

1/3 cup chopped pancetta (about 1 1/2 ounces)

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 garlic clove, minced

1 large egg



1. Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.

2. Combine milk and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl; set milk mixture aside.

3. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pancetta to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until onion is lightly browned. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add milk mixture and pasta to pan; toss gently to coat.

4. Place egg in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Gradually add 1/4 cup reserved hot cooking liquid, stirring constantly with a whisk. Gradually add egg mixture to pan, stirring constantly; cook 4 minutes or until sauce is thick and creamy.

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