To give you a helping hand, we’ve curated a 3-course meal guide for Valentine’s Day. These dishes are so simple and tasty that your heart is guaranteed to skip a beat.
Top tip: Start the night off by popping open a bottle of prosecco!
Starter- Garlic Butter Prawns
Prawns make a great starter as they are light but super tasty. We’re not going to go for the classic prawn cocktail on this occasion, instead, garlic butter prawns served with steamed vegetables. Stir-fry fresh prawns in a pan with olive oil and finely crushed garlic until they are cooked through and pink in colour. Add in a tsp of butter and mix in until melted and covering the prawns.
Serve the prawns on some steamed vegetables, we highly recommend greens such as spinach and asparagus. Then drizzle with lemon and season with salt and pepper. 1 course down, 2 to go!
Main Course – Rib Eye Steak in Red Wine Sauce
Begin by seasoning the 2 steaks with salt then place into a large frying pan with hot olive oil. Add in 40 grams of butter, a sprinkling of thyme and a squeeze of lemon juice. Cook the steaks until they are exactly how you want them, remembering to regularly flip and cook on both sides.
Once cooked, place the steaks onto a plate and cover whilst you prepare the sauce. Using a clean pan, fry 40 grams of butter and 1 finely chopped shallot for around 30 seconds. Then pour in 100ml of red wine (of your choice) and reduce the heat to low. Add in 200ml of fresh beef stock before bringing up to the boil, adding in a dash of chilli seasoning and a small handful of freshly chopped parsley to finish off.
Plate up the steaks and spoon the sauce over them. Serve with homemade chips, boiled vegetables, or both.
Top Tip: If you make your chips from scratch, try using sweet potatoes.
Dessert – Chocolate Orange Mousse
Finish off your evening with a sweet treat! This chocolate orange mousse is super light and easy to make but you’ll want to leave plenty of time before your meal to allow them to set. Whisk 2 eggs, 4 tbsp of maple syrup, 2 tbsp of melted coconut oil, 4 heaped tbsp of cocoa powder and a few dashes of orange essence into a bowl until smooth. Scoop into your chosen dishes then leave to set in the fridge for around 30 minutes.
Garnish with some fresh fruit and chocolate shavings before serving up and tucking in.
From everyone at Quince and Cook, we hope that you have a lovely day when the 14th of February arrives. Don’t forget to send in pictures of your dishes if you try any of these recipes.