Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re a foodie who loves to cook, you might be thinking of ways that you can give your Valentine something special from the kitchen. If you regularly cook and bake for your Special Someone, chances are that you are looking for something truly extraordinary for this year’s celebration. You can go many different directions with your Valentine’s Day feast and it all really just depends on your cooking preferences and your Valentine’s level of pickiness. If you want some fresh ideas on what to prepare this Valentine’s Day, check out our suggestions for delicious recipes below and choose the one that’s right for you.
Cheesy Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip
If your Special Someone is a shrimp scampi lover, this treat could be just the thing for them. This delicious shrimp scampi dip goes perfectly with breads or pita chips and can be served with a variety of your favorite snacks. After prep and bake time, this recipe still takes only about 35 minutes to prepare, and it’s definitely easy on a scale of simple-to-hard.
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2 tbsp. butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c. dry white wine
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
1/2 lb. medium peeled and deveined shrimp, defrosted
1 c. ricotta
1 c. shredded white Cheddar
1/4 c. grated Parmesan
Sliced baguette, for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes, then add white wine, lemon juice, parsley and shrimp. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until shrimp is no longer opaque and wine is reduced, 5 to 7 minutes.
Transfer ingredients to a cutting board and finely chop shrimp. Add ingredients to a large bowl, along with ricotta, cheddar, and Parmesan. Stir to combine.
Transfer to baking dish and bake until warm and bubbly, 15 minutes. (Broiler for 3 minutes if you prefer a darker top.) Garnish with parsley and serve with bread.
Recipe via Delish
If you’ve never tried this boursin-stuffed chicken, we promise you’re in for a treat. This is a special meal that your Valentine is sure to love, and with a few simple touches, this easy, 10-minute meal can become a fancy, Valentine’s Day banquet.
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4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
1 package Boursin cheese or herbed goat cheese, 4 ounces
1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
4 slices prosciutto
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Using a meat tenderizer, pound the chicken to 1/4-inch thick. Pat it dry and liberally season it with salt and pepper on both sides. Place a spoonful or two of Boursin on one end of each piece, top with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese, and roll the chicken up, starting at the cheese-topped end. Wrap the chicken with a slice of prosciutto and place in the baking dish seem-side down, so the prosciutto doesn’t unravel. Repeat with all of the pieces of chicken.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear when pierced with a fork or knife.
Recipe via Delish
Four Cheese Heart-Shaped Pepperoni Pizza
Pizza is an American favorite, and while it’s usually thought of as a casual type of meal, you can certainly add your own twists to spruce things up. If your Sweet Heart is a pizza lover, this might be their ideal version of the ultimate Valentine’s dinner and it will mean even more as a hand-crafted peace with special heart-shaped pepperonis.
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1 pizza dough, rolled out into a large (about 12”s across) circle
8 ounces mozzarella, shredded
3 ounces Locatelli Romano Cheese, shredded
3 ounces Monterey Jack, shredded
2 ounces gorgonzola, crumbled
1/8 pound pepperoni, cut into heart shapes (optional!)
1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil, for drizzling
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees (F).
Roll the pizza dough to desired shape and place it on a large, lightly oiled baking sheet or a pizza stone.
Combine the mozzarella, Locatelli, and Monterey Jack in a large bowl.
Evenly distribute the cheese mixture over the crust. Top with pepperoni and gorgonzola, evenly distributing them around the top of the pie.
Drizzle with olive oil, and bake until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is completely melted, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Serve at once!
Recipe via Baker by Nature
These are just a few ideas to jump start your Valentine’s Day meal ideas. Do you have a traditional recipe that you make each year for your Valentine? How did you decide, and what do you make? What are your favorite dessert dishes for Valentine’s Day? Leave your suggestions and feedback in the comments below!