Last-Minute Romance: Recipes for Valentine's Day

What? You didn’t get a reservation for dinner tonight? Don’t feel bad. Neither did we—we wanted to go to 801 Chop House tonight, but they were booked up until way later than we really wanted to eat.

Tough luck? Not really. I’ve got quite a few recipes that are romantic and French and perfect for tonight (or any night when you want a cozy dinner for two). All can be made in 30 minutes or less, giving you plenty of together-time. Here they are (and, by the way, I’m cooking the first one):

Steak with Brandy-Mustard Sauce. I know it sounds retro-sexist to say, but men like this. A lot.  Photo by Richard Swearinger.

For the recipe for Steak with Brandy-Mustard Sauce, head on over to The Daily Meal. They posted the recipe.

Trout ménage-à-Trois: With Pistachios, celery, and garlic. It’s inexpensive and good—and you can substitute just about any fish with this preparation. Photo by Richard Swearinger.

Link to Trout Ménage-à-Trois (aka: French Pan-Fried Trout).

Roasted Salmon with Pernod Sauce. Use any anisette-flavored liquor for the sauce. Or buy an airline-size bottle of Pernod. Photo by Richard Swearinger.

Link to Roasted Salmon with Pernod Sauce. (I’m making this one for a dinner party on Saturday night, by the way.)

On a budget? You can’t go wrong with Chicken Calvados. Photo by D.E. Smith.

Link to Chicken Calvados.

If you have The Bonne Femme Cookbook, here are some other romance-worthy recipes I’d recommend in the 30-minutes or less category:

Flank Steak with Warm Sherry Vinegar and Garlic Vinaigrette, page 126
Filet with Cherry and Red Wine Sauce, page 127
Lamb Chops with Olives and Garlic, page 132
Pork Medallions with Apricot-Sage Sauce, page 140
Coconut Shrimp, page 154
Tuna Steaks Braised with Tomatoes, Olives, and Fennel, page 208

I’d love to hear what others are cooking for Valentine’s Day (and no hard feelings if the recipe doesn’t come from my cookbook).


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3 comments to Last-Minute Romance: Recipes for Valentine’s Day

  • Pan-fried trout it will be! Am going to Whole Foods tomorrow and they always have good trout. Thanks Wini!!!

  • Rosemary McCaffrey

    I made an early Valentine’s dinner last night…I used your Beef Bourguignon recipe. Delicious! I bought 4 of your cookbooks for Christmas gifts. It is a wonderful book. Many thanks!

  • Wini

    Libby–good for you–I think trout is under-appreciated! Enjoy

    Rosemary, that is so great to hear. And the great thing about the Beef Bourguignon is that you probably made plenty and have luscious leftovers. The Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving.
    Thanks so much for your nice comments.

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