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Valentine’s Day Shrimp “Hearts”

Welcome back, my friends – and Happy Valentine’s Day!

You can find *lovely* sparkling wines at price points starting at under $10.00 – and Valentine's Day is a *perfect* time to enjoy them!

You can find *lovely* sparkling wines in just about every price range, to set the mood for Valentine’s Day.

Sure, I realize that Valentine’s Day is almost a week away.

But since this year it’s lumped into the same week as Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year, I thought I’d give you a few extra days, here on
DrinkWineWithDinner®.com.

Plus, we all deserve something extra-special for the most romantic day of the year, right? (And that, of course, would include plenty of festive bubbles to heighten the pleasures of your evening!)

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Try this enjoy-at-home dinner plan ~ you'll spend less time in the kitchen, and more with your sweetie...

Try this enjoy-at-home dinner plan – you’ll spend less time in the kitchen, and more with your sweetie…

Here’s my premise for Valentine’s Day (and for anniversaries, birthdays, etc.): Even the simplest dinner at home, with your sweetie, trumps any restaurant meal that you have to dress for, 😉 drive to – well, you get the point.

It’s *so* much more romantic to pick up a slew of sexy, finger-food treats (think oysters, paté, smoked salmon – see pics below for ideas), then cook maybe *one* special dish, and pop a cork on a bottle or two of bubbly. Then feed each other. Lick each other’s fingers. Clothing optional!

Shrimp (or as we call ’em around here, prawns) are one of the easiest seafoods to find, prep and cook. You can score some very fine specimens, fresh or frozen, in your favorite local market. And Mom Nature shaped them just right, so that you can pair ’em up, stick in a toothpick, and form a heart.

This quick and easy recipe not only tastes delicious, but it *looks* gorgeous too. And with the heart-shaped shrimp mini-skewers, it couldn’t be more romantic!

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RECIPE –
VALENTINE’S DAY SHRIMP “HEARTS”
Ingredients:
1 lb. medium to large shrimp (prawns), shells on or off
1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
4 Tbl. olive oil, divided
4-6 cloves garlic, chopped
1-2 tsp. paprika (sweet or smoked)
1 lemon, quartered
Garnish: Cilantro or parsley

Method:
Clean and devein the shrimp if necessary. Toss with salt and half the olive oil. Over medium heat, sauté garlic in remaining olive oil until golden (not brown). Add shrimp and paprika to pan and cook, stirring constantly, until shrimp are just cooked through, about 3 minutes.

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*for2-14 PrawnHearts4 1102 08 P1040259Pair up shrimp, and fasten with toothpicks to make hearts. Arrange in a bowl, squeeze some lemon juice over all, and add cilantro or parsley sprigs and remaining lemon wedges.

Feed each other – serve with a sparkle (the bubblies in the pic above cost under $10.00 each) – and enjoy your romantic evening together – in the comfort and privacy of home!

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To round out your Valentine’s Day feast, try any or all of the luscious ideas below. Yes, they’re luxury food, and yes, they may cost a bit – but isn’t a little extravagance part of the Valentine’s mystique? (Besides, there won’t be a pricey restaurant tab at the end of the evening!) 😉
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Delicate smoked salmon with avocado, spiked with finely chopped red onion.

Delicate cold-smoked salmon, with avocado and chopped red onion.

Gravlax – which is fresh salmon, cured with sugar, salt and spices – also teams well with avocado and red onion.

Gravlax (fresh salmon, cured with sugar, salt and spices) also teams well with avocado and red onion.

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Hot-smoked salmon, flaky and moist ~ yet another way to enjoy this wonderful fish.

Hot-smoked salmon, flaky and moist – yet another way to enjoy this wonderful fish.

Anyone who loves sushi probably also loves sashimi ~ just pure fish, without the sushi rice. Here, I've sliced and arranged some hamachi (yellowtail) and sushi-grade fresh salmon, along with some shiso leaves and green onions.

Anyone who loves sushi probably also loves sashimi – just pure fish, without the sushi rice. Here, I’ve sliced and arranged some sushi-grade fresh salmon and hamachi (yellowtail) with shiso leaves and green onions.

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There's no food sexier than raw oysters, especially if you feed them to each other, straight from the shell.

There’s no food sexier than raw oysters, especially if you feed them to each other, straight from the shell.

Creamy, silken-textured paté. Very sexy!

Creamy, silken-textured paté. So many varieties. So very sensual!

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To cap off your feast, why not pick up individual servings of three or four different desserts? A sweeter bubbly, or other dessert wine, will pair nicely.

To cap off your feast, why not pick up individual servings of three or four different desserts? A sweeter bubbly, or other dessert wine, will pair nicely.

Once again, my friends, I hope you enjoy your romantic Valentine’s celebrations. Hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe and post from the archives.

And if you do try my Shrimp Hearts (or any of the other goodies above), I’d welcome your feedback.

Thanks – and enjoy!!

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Until next time,
Cheers and happy tastings,
Rosina

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Cheers once again,
Rosina