The Tasty Bits Blog

Feb 12, 2013

Easy Gourmet Inspired 3 Course Valentines Menu

Food and Health  ·  

So guys, want to impress your lady friend? Here’s a three course menu that almost anyone can make with the most basic kitchen tools that is sure to WOW her.

Easy Escargot

Start with escargot, an often maligned, very “old school” French appetizer, now made easier with perfectly canned jumbo escargot available in almost any supermarket. All you need is a few heat-proof ramekins, plenty of garlic, some butter or margarine, parmesan cheese, a bit of salt and pepper, a nice baguette and an oven. Mix 4-5 escargots, 1 chopped clove of garlic, 1 TBSP of butter, 1 TBSP of parmesan and a bit of salt and pepper in each container. Roast in a 400F oven for 15 minutes, let cool for 5 minutes and serve with a few slices of the toasted baguette.

Creamy Lobster Mac & Cheese

For a main course, here’s something you can prepare in a single dish, even better, you can cook it mostly in advance. Make this Valentines dinner memorable with Lobster Mac and Cheese. You can Google a Mac and Cheese recipe online or to make it super easy, grab a box of KD and add an extra ½ cup of milk.

Chop up 1 cup of cooked lobster and add to the your Mac and Cheese. Mix gently, then pour into a greased 8” by 8” glass baking dish. You can do this 4-6 hours in advance and chill. When it’s time to serve, top with a layer of thin layer of panko bread crumbs and bake until browned and crispy, approximately 15 minutes. Let set for another 5 minutes, and then serve hot with a small side green salad. It’s classic, but upscale.

Decadent Chocolate de Crème

Dessert is the best course of all, not only because it’s chocolate, but it couldn’t be simpler to make, my Chocolate Pot de Crème. A few hours in advance grab a blender, a microwave, 4 martini glasses or cappuccino cups.

Heat 1 cup of whole milk in a microwave until just boiling. In a blender, combine 1 egg, 1 TBSP sugar, a pinch of salt, 1 level cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (the really dark ones) and 2 TBSP tablespoons liqueur (Baileys) on low speed until mixing Slowly pour the boiling milk into blender in a slow stream and process for 1 minute, until smooth. Pour into the 4 glasses or cups, dividing equally, and then chill for 2 hours. Top the chocolate cups with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish each cup with mint sprigs.

So there you go, a gourmet three course gourmet dinner that can be made mostly in advance, using basic tools that almost everyone has, and is guaranteed to make her smile.

Enjoy!

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