Valentine's Day MenuValentine's Day Feast
Whether you hate it or love it, Valentine’s Day is a good excuse to cook a special meal, eat chocolate and show off your culinary expertise. So whether you’re trying to impress a prospective love interest, score points with your spouse or just kick back and have a good time with friends, our menu – with plenty of booze and sugar – will fit the bill.
If only all romances were as sweet and steamy as this kicked-up cocoa. Add a scoop of whipped cream for an additional indulgent layer.
Yield: 4 servings
Add milk, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon and chili powder to a saucepan on high heat. Whisk constantly until it reaches a full boil. Shut off heat and add chocolate. Whisk until chocolate has melted completely. Add liqueur and serve.
Who needs flowers and chocolates when oysters and champagne are in the mix? A dozen bivalves in lieu of a dozen roses sounds good to us.
Yield: 15 oysters
In a small bowl, add shallots, jalapeño, vinegar and champagne. Stir well.
Shuck oysters and remove any excess bits of shell or sand that line rim of oyster. Place on ice and serve immediately with mignonette.
Nothing says special occasion better than lobster. And a blue box from Tiffany’s. If jewelry isn’t in the picture (or even if it is), pair the dish with a few glasses of Chenin Blanc or Viognier.
Yield: 2 servings
Add white wine, stock, water and lemon to a saucepan on high heat. When the liquid is boiling, add the lobster. Cook for 5 minutes, then remove lobsters and set aside, reserving cooking liquid. When lobsters are cool enough to handle, separate the meat from the shell. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
Add butter to a sauté pan on medium heat. When it has melted, add shallots. Sauté 3 minutes, then add garlic. Cook another minute. Add 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid. Add lobster, tarragon and chives, and cook until lobster is warm.
It would be remiss to label chocolate fondue a dessert cliché and ignore its charming goodness. Embrace the old-school, dust off the fondue pot and get ready for a sugar high. Pound cake, raspberries and strawberries are perfect dipping implements.
Yield: 4 servings
Place a medium metal bowl over a pot of simmering water, being sure bottom of bowl does not touch water. Add bittersweet and semisweet chocolate to bowl. Add cream. Stir occasionally until chocolate has melted and entire mixture is warmed through. Transfer mixture to a fondue pot kept on a low flame, and serve.