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7 step Valentines Day Dishes for the Dudes

Save the reservations and the expensive dinner out. Make her a Valentine’s Day dinner from the heart. Simple & delicious.  

 

Appetizer: Goat Cheese Bruschetta 

Wine pairing- Sauvignon Blanc  

Grocery List 

  • 1 large pack of plain goat cheese 
  • 1 pack cherry tomatoes 
  • 1 large spanish or sweet onion  
  • 1 pack fresh basil 
  • 1 French baguette  
  • 3 cloves garlic  
  • Olive oil 

Directions 

  1. Cut up baguette into slices and lay out on a pan 
  2. Brush bread with olive oil  
  3. Slice up onion and tomatoes into quarters, sauté in pan with 1 tbs olive oil  
  4. Add in peeled and chopped garlic, chopped basil and goat cheese 
  5. Mix and sauté until cheese is melted (expect a creamy texture) 
  6. Place baguette pieces in oven on broil 400 degrees for 4 minutes (watch to make sure they don’t burn, you want just a light golden brown top) 
  7. Load up baguette pieces with delicious bruschetta mixture and enjoy 

 

Entrée:  Garlic Shrimp Alfredo Pasta  

Wine Pairing- Sauvignon Blanc  

Grocery List 

  • 1 lb fresh or frozen shrimp (if frozen, let thaw in fridge overnight)  
  • 12 oz whole-wheat linguine or pasta of our choice 
  • 1 shallot diced 
  • Head of broccoli or veggies of your choice  
  • 3 cloves garlic  
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes  
  • ¼ dry white wine (ex Sauvignon Blanc)  
  • Alfredo sauce  
  • 1 large lemon (zest and juice)  
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish  
  • Freshly grated Parmesan  

Directions  

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta, drain and toss with olive oil, set aside 
  2. Sauté shallots and garlic in 1tbs olive oil for about 3 minutes then add the shrimp 
  3. Sprinkle shrimp with ½ tsp red pepper flakes and ½ tsp salt & ½ tsp pepper, sauté until cooked through – set aside 
  4. Add the broccoli to the pan, ½ tsp rep pepper flakes ½ tsp salt & pepper, sauté until broccoli is hot and cooked 
  5. Add white wine to the skillet and mix the shrimp back in- cook for 2 minutes, stir in lemon zest and lemon juice 
  6. Add pasta to the skillet and toss, add ½ cup of Alfredo sauce until warm 
  7. Top with parsley and Parmesan  

 

Dessert : Fondue with fresh fruit

Wine Pairing: Syrah  

Grocery List  

  • Pack of strawberries  
  • 1 Pineapple 
  • 2 apples (green and red)  
  • 1 banana  
  • Brownies or sponge cake  
  • Heavy cream 
  • 2 bricks semi-sweet chocolate  
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Brandy (optional)  

Directions  

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil (about half full) 
  2. Place a stainless steel bowl on top of the pot that will heat the fondue mixture 
  3. Pour in one cup of heavy cream and let heat up in the bowl 
  4. Add in one pound premium semi-sweet chocolate (or chocolate chips) Can choose milk chocolate or dark depending on preference 
  5. Whisk in 1 tbs of vanilla extract 
  6. Whisk in 1 tbs of brandy (optional) 
  7. Serve on a platter with fondue in a warmed bowl on the side  

By: Sarah Kelly

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