You know that we love to eat well and enjoy sharing our post on six Valentine’s Day cocktails. We don’t like spending too much time in the kitchen with no results. We have six easy Valentine’s Day recipes you can make at home for your Valentine’s Day date, even if it’s yourself. For decadence and minimal effort, pair one with a cocktail from the list.
Basil and Herbes de Provence Shrimp
Are shrimp always fancy, or is it just us? They are quick to prepare and take only five minutes. Pro tip: Always keep a bag with shrimp in the freezer. To go with it, we recommend saffron rice with about 1/4 cup fresh basil and a few tablespoons of lemon zest added at the end. The combination of citrus and herbs makes the Bitter Hearts Club, a gin-based cocktail that we reimagined as a gimlet, a great choice.
White Wine Sauce for Mussels
Mussels can be made so easily that people don’t have to wait for the restaurant staff to make them. Safe indoor dining is unlikely to return for some time, so making mussels at home can be a pleasant interruption to your weekly meal planning monotony. These Valentine’s Day recipes are easy and require only six ingredients. You can adjust the quantities as you like, four cloves of garlic is never enough. The possibilities for flavor combinations are endless once you’re comfortable steaming mussels. For soaking up the broth, make sure to have some crusty French bread. Pair it with the Single Rose cocktail, which is made with sparkling rose wine.
Paella with Shrimp and Chorizo
Although this recipe might seem intimidating at first glance, it is easy to make a savory, spicy dish in just 30 minutes. For the best spectacle, we recommend using jumbo shrimps in their shells. Paella is a delicious and easy weekly meal that gets a lot of attention. This is a great time to impress a date with your amazing international cooking skills. It’s best served with our French 75, the Brief Romance. The honey will bring out the chorizo spice and saffron threads.
Slow-cooked Short Ribs with Lime & Basil
You’ll be sick of hearing people raving about their slow-cooker. You already know if you own an Instant-Pot. This fancy-looking meal is easy to prepare. You don’t have to rush around the kitchen before dinner, which is not sexy. Instead, you can simply plate the short-ribs and mix up the Red Hot cocktail. Although it takes a bit of planning to brown the short ribs at 10:00 am, we will teach you how to make lime marmalade that will be useful in your future cooking endeavors.
Gordon Ramsay’s Steak
If you have never seen Gordon Ramsay speak about how to cook steak, then you are in for a treat. He is obsessed with delicious food. This video of three minutes will show you how easy it is to cook a perfect steak. Although it may not be true, you should give it a try. This is the perfect dinner for Valentine’s Day if you’re alone. A well-cooked steak can be a sign of self-love. You can tap into your inner Ron Swanson by pairing a New York steak and a Scotch or classic cocktail such as the Blood and Sand.
No-Bake Chocolate Tart With Raspberries
Even if you choose to eat dinosaur nuggets for dinner, you can still impress your date with a delicious dessert. You can swap out semisweet chocolate for darker chocolate, or add strawberries or blackberries to the top of this no-bake tart. For a more refined and decadent dessert, we suggest using Tate’s Double Chocolate Chip instead of the classic Oreo cookies. You may be a little nervous about making a whole chocolate tart for yourself if you are alone for the holiday. You can host a socially distant drop-off party for your Gal-entines and Pal-entines friends. To really emphasize the essence of Valentine’s Day, we paired this dessert and our Box of Chocolates cocktail.