You may ask yourself what to cook for dinner several times a month, but it never matters more than on Valentine’s Day. It’s the most romantic day of the year and if we screw it up, we’re sitting in the doghouse at least until April. You have all the necessities such as babysitters taken care of and now it’s time to sit down and plan out your Valentine’s Day feast. We’ll take a look at the main courses here because dessert needs a whole other blog post.
Salad or Appetizer?
You’re significant other isn’t going to eat a thousand pounds of food, so you don’t need seven courses. I like to choose between either a salad or an appetizer, but not both. If the main course and sides are pretty heavy, then start off with a salad. It’s not as filling as an appetizer. (Just don’t overload your salad with bacon, ham, etc. It’s not a main course; keep it simple.) If the main course is a little light, then a nice appetizer will help offset that.
Shrimp Scampi in Linguine
We all have different cooking abilities, so for those that have trouble with burning toast, then we have something delicious, but also easy to make. Shrimp scampi in linguine with homemade sauce will melt her heart.
Get out a large pot and fill it with water. Salt the water, let it get to a boil and place in the linguine. Cook until soft and then drain. In a large skillet, put in two tablespoons of butter, two tablespoons of olive oil and let it heat up under medium heat. Place in two diced shallots and two cloves of minced garlic and cook until the onions are see through. Place in one pound of peeled and deveined shrimp and season with salt and pepper. It takes about three minutes for the shrimp to cook. They turn pink and you know you’re done. Take out the shrimp and put them to the side.
Pour in ½ cup of white wine to the garlic and shallot mixture. Bring it to a boil and stir to get as much of the browned food off the bottom of the skillet. Add two tablespoons of butter and two tablespoons of olive oil and simmer. Put the shrimp back in the sauce and add the linguine. Stir until everything is well coated and serve.
Valentine’s Day is important, so really put some thought into it and don’t be afraid. If you want more great Valentine’s Day ideas, then keep exploring dadsthatcook.com.