By Nicolle Weeks
Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day with your sweetie or your tenth, you’ll want to impress him or her this February 14th. Putting your heart into an amazing meal is a great idea, but how do you do it? Cook this rich, luxurious meal and you’ll be basking in brownie points till Easter.
Sure, everyone and his grandmother suggests oysters as a Valentine’s hors d’oeuvre. If you’re set on it, we won’t try to dissuade you. We’ve got a great Champagne and Caviar Sauce Oyster recipe by one of Canada’s most celebrated chefs, Michael Bonacini.
But if you’re looking for something a little more original, try these Scallops in a Saffron and Rioja Wine Sauce. The sumptuous taste and sparks of rose-coloured saffron will whet the appetite and encourage nibbling and romance, perhaps not in that order.
* Goat Cheese Souffle
* Grilled Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto with Balsamic Drizzle
Spoil your beloved with an unbelievably succulent main course. If you’re willing to spare no expense, the Filet Mignon with Pomegranate is a wonderful classic dish that’s guaranteed to impress. A tender cut of high quality beef wrapped with prosciutto is the perfect way to your honey’s heart. Who wouldn’t be impressed if someone took the time and care to prepare a dish at the height of fanciness? Pair this dish with any French Cabernet Sauvignon.
If you prefer something other than red meat, but you don’t want to sacrifice the indulgence theme, try preparing some Butter Braised Atlantic Lobster with a Red Beet and Horseradish Sauce. There’s nothing better than a delicious lobster meal paired with a Sauvignon Blanc from the New Zealand Marlborough estate.
* Osso Buco
* Sauteed Shrimp with Penne in a Fennel Cream Tomato Sauce
To perfectly compliment the filet mignon, use the leftover wine from the scallop dish to make this elegant side dish. Broccoli in Wine is simple enough to let the star of the show, the main, shine.
If you want to infuse a little of whimsy into your meal to go along with your steak, call these tasty $20 French Fries frites and serve them alongside your filet mignon.
* Forbidden Rice Risotto
* Minted Snap Peas
Finish your lavish meal with an equally indulgent dessert. The heart-shaped Double Caramel Cake from Anna Olson’s Sugar Valentine special seems especially fitting. Since you have to prepare this dessert a few hours in advance, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to prepare the rest of your menu.
If you aren’t a chocolate fanatic, tempt your sweetheart with some sensuous fruit and cream. The Angel Food Berry Shortcake will tempt the most refined taste buds.
* Chocolate Mousse-Filled Hearts
* Bananas Foster
After a meal full of delicacies like scallops with saffron and a scrumptious steak dish, your significant other will feel pampered beyond belief. Hopefully after all that care and work in the kitchen, you can convince him or her to give you a million-dollar backrub.
Originally published on foodtv.ca