Valentine's Day is coming near! Celebrate with these favorite recipes of mine, including a wonderful romantic fondue, the best chocolate recipes ever, and a fabulous and creamy salad that can double as dessert. But only if you don't like chocolate! All of these recipes are easy to make, foolproof, and so delicious. Have a wonderful dinner with your sweetie!
Fondue is, to me, the classic Valentine's Day recipe. Because it's just the two of you, you can pick fabulously expensive dippers, including filet mignon, cooked medium rare and cut into cubes, large shrimp, and even chunks of lobster. Make the full recipe, even though it's more than you need. Then the next day you can make an omelet and serve it with the leftover heated fondue as a cheese sauce. Or use the cheese sauce to make lasagna by just combining the fondue with ricotta cheese to use as the cheese layer.
Yes, this makes a big pan - all the better for sharing! After you bake it, cut a few into heart shapes and save them for your sweetie. Then be a hero and take the rest into work or school and spread the Valentine's love around!
This retro recipe is one of the most indulgent I make. It may seem strange (mixing pineapple with cheddar cheese??) but it's melting and rich and so delicious. Try it!
I don't make these bars very often, because they are purely addictive! But Valentine's Day is one of those exceptional days when you can deliberately indulge your sweet tooth. And this is a wonderful use of calories.
5. Heart Cake
I feel that whoever invented the chocolate truffle should be given the Nobel Peace Prize. I mean, come on, just think how much better off the world would be if everybody ate at least one truffle a day!
For me, shrimp is the ultimate indulgence. I love the sweet flavor and tender texture of these little morsels. I like to serve mine with cooked wild and white rice to soak up all the butter sauce.
8. Cooked Fudge
Had enough candy yet? I didn't think so! This cooked fudge recipe makes the world's best fudge. And I'm not kidding. I know there are recipes for 'Million Dollar Fudge' out there, but nothing compares to the real thing.