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Two Four-Course Menu Options Sure to Impress
 

Valentine's Day Menu Ideas

We're going to be completely honest. We think Valentine's Day is the absolute WORST day to go out for dinner (ditto for New Year's and Mother's Day) . Getting a good reservation is nearly impossible. Restaurants are over-crowded and service always suffers. Plus you end up paying through the nose. If you want to wine and dine in style for Valentine's Day, the best way is to cook a gourmet meal at home for your special someone. Trust us, the extra effort will also earn you major brownie points!

Keep in mind that Valentine's Day isn't about cooking any old meal. A box of spaghetti and a can of sauce is not likely to impress, so we're here to help with two four-course menu options that are EASY to cook at home, and will make you look like a star chef. We're actually cheating, and in each menu only two courses require cooking. Cooking two courses alone is plenty of work! Focus on those, and go simple with the starter and dessert.View each recipe to also find recommended wine pairings.

And if you still need a gift, don't forget to check out our Valentine's Day Gift Guide for ideas!

 
4-COURSE VALENTINE'S MENU 1: SEAFOOD + STEAK

1st Course / Amuse-Bouche (No-Cook)

Really simple: peel and slice a cucumber into rounds. Spread an herbed cheese, like Boursin, onto each round and top with smoked salmon.

2nd Course / Appetizer

 Crab Cakes with Aioli

Crab Cakes with Spicy Aioli

The flavor of  crab is enhanced with a selection of fresh herbs, and a spicy aioli that adds a bit of creaminess and tang.

Crab Cakes Recipe

3rd Course / Entrée

Strip Steak & Fries

NY Strip Steak & Parmesan Fries

We serve our NY Strip Steak Recipe with a flavorful, simple Red Wine Sauce and a delicious side of thick-cut Parmesan French Fries.

NY Strip Steak Recipe

4th Course / Dessert (No-Cook)

 

Cabernet & Dark Chocolate:
Clos du Val and Godiva

Red wine + chocolate = heaven. Clos du Val Cabernet is the perfect wine to match with a 16-piece sampler of Godiva's premium dark chocolates.

Buy at Wine.com  ($59.99)


4-COURSE VALENTINE'S MENU 2 : VEGETARIAN

1st Course / Amuse-Bouche (No-Cook)

Really simple: peel and thinly slice a granny smith apple. Top each slice with a piece of sharp cheddar cheese.

2nd Course / Appetizer 

Soupe au Pistou

Soupe au Pistou (Vegetable soup with pesto)

Pistou is a French version of pesto - similar but without pine nuts. This flavorful accompaniment livens a fresh and bright vegetable soup.

Soupe au Pistou Recipe

3rd Course / Entrée

Porcini Mushroom Risotto

Porcini Mushroom Risotto with Asparagus

In this recipe, we use a stock that is flavored with the primary ingredient - porcini mushrooms - deepening the risotto's intensity.

Porcini Risotto Recipe

4th Course / Dessert (No-Cook)

 

Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec Champagne
& Godiva Gold Ballotin Chocolates

Demi-Sec, a slightly sweet style of Champagne, is at its best when served with desserts. Like this Godiva 19-piece Gold Ballotin assorted chocolate set.

Buy at Wine.com ($79.99)  

 

Are you planning to make Valentine's Day dinner at home? What'll be on your menu? Share with us at amyandmike@easyfoodandwine.com.


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