4 Fantastic Valentine's Day Dinners

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Are you wondering how to make the day special for your loved one? This year, forget the crowded, overpriced restaurants and impress your Valentine with a delicious home-cooked meal. Here are 4 savory dinner recipes that are perfect to share with a loved one.

Herb-Crusted Salmon

This is the perfect recipe for the novice chef. It’s simple, but so flavorful and your valentine is sure to be impressed.

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounce) salmon fillets
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven’s broiler and set the oven rack about 8 inches from the heat source.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and brush lightly with vegetable oil.
  3. Place the salmon fillets skin side down on the baking sheet and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  4. Process the garlic, tarragon, and parsley in a blender to form a loose paste. Transfer to a small bowl.
  5. Mix mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper into a garlic paste until combined.
  6. Spoon the mixture over the top and sides of each salmon fillet.
  7. Cook under the broiler for 5 minutes. Then, turn the broiler off and turn the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Bake until the internal temperature of the salmon is 130 degrees Fahrenheit and the salmon flakes easily with a fork. About 4 minutes.

Filet Mignon with Balsamic Glaze

You and your valentine will fall in love with this delicious recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 (4 ounce) filet mignon steaks
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup dry red wine

Directions

  1. Sprinkle salt and pepper over both sides of each steak.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place steaks in hot pan, and cook for 1 minute on each side, or until browned.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add balsamic vinegar and red wine. Cover, and cook for 4 minutes on each side, basting with sauce when you turn the meat over.
  4. Remove steaks to two warmed plates, spoon one tablespoon of glaze over each, and serve immediately.

Champagne Shrimp and Pasta

The champagne elevates the never-fail combo of shrimp and pasta into an elegant indulgence.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces angel hair pasta
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1-pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 ½ cups champagne
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 6 to 8 minutes, then drain and set aside.
  2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan. Cook and stir mushrooms in oil until tender. Remove mushrooms from pan, and set aside.
  3. Combine shrimp, champagne, and salt in the frying pan, and cook over high heat. When liquid just begins to boil, remove shrimp from pan.
  4. Add shallots and tomatoes to champagne and boil for 8 minutes.
  5. Stir in 3/4 cup cream and boil until slightly thick, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Add shrimp and mushrooms to sauce, and heat through.
  7. In a large bowl, toss pasta with remaining 1/4 cup cream and parsley.
  8. To serve, spoon shrimp with sauce over pasta, and top with Parmesan cheese.

Mushroom Tart

Capture your valentine’s heart with this rich and flavorful vegetarian tart. Serve with a simple green salad to compete the meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry from a 17.3-ounce package, thawed according to package instructions
  • 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 20 ounces white mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces of fresh baby spinach
  • 2 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry out to a 16 x 10-inch rectangle. Trim uneven edges.
  3. Place the pastry on a baking sheet. With a sharp knife, lightly score dough to form a 1-inch border. Using a fork, prick dough inside the border every 1/2 inch.
  4. Bake until golden, rotating pan once, about 15 minutes or until tender.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, toss onion with 1 tablespoon oil and salt. Cover and cook over medium heat until onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes, then stir and continue cooking with cover on for 15 minutes.
  6. In a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, heat remaining oil. Add mushrooms, then cover and cook until tender and all liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
  7. Fold in spinach and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes more. Drain any liquid.
  8. Top dough with mushroom-spinach mixture. Scatter onion and goat cheese on top. Bake until cheese is lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
  9. Remove from onion and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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