Valentine's Day Meat Course
I hope you are enjoying my recent posts on preparing a Valentine's Day Feast for that special person in your life. I know many of you are planning to go out but with the economy being as it is, this might be the perfect opportunity to dine in. I've created a special Squidoo lens that focuses in on this concept called A Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner and it includes recipes and suggestions for flowers, movies, music and cooking videos. I think you will enjoy it.
So far I have posted the following recipes and articles on the Reluctant Gourmet Cooking Blog:
and now we can look at an easy meat course.
When trying to come up with a meat dish, I looked at the rich cheese and the rich bisque and decided to lighten things up a little for the meat course. I chose pork because of its mild sweetness. After all, Valentine's Day is all about sweets for the sweet. To up the sweetness ante, we'll pair the pork with a very simple and flavorful apricot glaze that will play on the sweetness of the meat. Don't worry, it won't taste like candy. We'll temper the apricot with some vinegar for a little zing and balance.
If pork doesn't work for you and you are looking for a decadent beef course, you may be interested in my Chateaubriand for Two recipe. Made from beef tenderloin, this dish will melt in your mouth. It's a natural for Valentine's Day, because it is the perfect size for sharing. I also have a recipe for Béarnaise Sauce on my Squidoo lens: A Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner.
Crock Pot Short Ribs
Let's say you don't have time to cook a big meal because you work late or don't want to eat at 9 pm, why not try preparing something in a crock pot? You might be thinking what can you cook in a crock pot that will be elegant enough for Valentine's Day and I say any recipe that calls for braising like short ribs. I'm finding slow cooked short ribs on some of the fanciest restaurants all over the country.
All you have to do is take a half hour to prep all the ingredients in the morning, stick them in the crock pot and when you come home, you will have a delicious and romantic meal. All you'll have to do is serve it up and then bask in the adoration of your Valentine. You can read my Crock Pot Short Ribs recipe here.