NEED SOME DINNER INSPIRATION for Valentine’s Day? Here are ten romantic main courses I’ve served to my One and Only over the years. Most are easy to make, some are vegetarian, and all are guaranteed to please!
Lamb Chops (or Pork Chops) with Rosemary and Mint. The chops are bathed in mustard, garlic, and fresh, fragrant herbs, and then popped them under the broiler for a few minutes. We’re talking about tender succulence, baby. Here’s the recipe.
Thyme & Wine Beef Stew. This is Cupid’s favorite dish. As it simmers quietly, the stew will fill your kitchen (and probably your entire house, too) with the comforting aromas of thyme, red wine, garlic, and caramelized meat. The recipe.Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic in 30 Minutes. My One and Only still remembers that I served this dish on one of our first dates. And that was 16 years ago. It’s easy to prepare,e because you don’t have to peel the garlic. The recipe.
Salmon Almondine. Fast. Fragrant. Gluten-free. And so delicious you will scream. The recipe.
Rustic Bacon & Leek Tart. Thinly-sliced leeks and crisp, crumbled bacon, all snuggled up a bed of ricotta cheese, and encased in tender, flaky, Pate Brisee. The recipe.
Chicken & Lemon Polpettine. These old-world Italian meatballs (they are nothing like American meatballs) are flavored with Parmesan cheese, fragrant herbs, and a big burst of lemon. Their deliciously-crispy crust is something to sing about, too. The recipe.
Timbale of Broccoli. Make this chic and delicious vegetarian dish once, and you’ll make it again and again. It’s light, airy, and scented with nutmeg. The recipe.
Chicken & Mushrooms in Tarragon Cream. This is love at first bite. It’s a simple saute of chicken breasts and mushrooms, gloriously-enrobed in a sauce of tarragon and heavy cream. The recipe.
Mushroom, Spinach & Rosemary Tart. A spring symphony of mushrooms and spinach, perfumed to the nines with rosemary and dry French vermouth. Serve it in front of the fire, as I do, with plentiful goblets of cold white wine. The recipe.
Timbale of Spinach & Ham. Delicious to eat, and elegant to serve. Its texture resembles that of a fine French pâté. The recipe.
Do any of these main courses look tempting to you? You can let me know by leaving a comment. Meanwhile, Happy Valentine’s Day!
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