Welcome back, my friends – and Happy 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
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!)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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!
VALENTINE’S DAY SHRIMP “HEARTS”
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
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.
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!
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!) 😉
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!!
Until next time,
Cheers and happy tastings,
You can also email me at Rosina@DrinkWineWithDinner.com with comments or questions. I look forward to hearing from you!
Cheers once again,