When searching for the perfect Valentines Day dinner menu, look no further! There's nothing sweeter or more romantic than cooking Italian food from scratch for the one you love.
Make your sweetie the following three course meal and you're sure to get your fair share of love right back!
Don't forget to buy some of your honey's favorite wine to top it all off!
Let's start off with Antipasto, Caprese Salad Skewers.
Follow that with a main course of exquisite Chicken or Veal Marsala.
And for an impressive finish, the Italian classic dessert, Tiramisu.
All made from scratch by you!
Makes 6 mini skewers.
6 cherry tomatoes
6 baby bocconcini balls
fresh basil (about 6 leaves), rinsed
1/2 tsp dried oregano
extra virgin olive oil
Wash and prep the tomatoes by removing the stems. Slice each one in half and set aside.
Prepare a small dish by pouring in a bit of olive oil, oregano and salt. Mix together.
Using your toothpicks like skewers, pop on a tomato half, mozzarella ball, basil leaf and then other half of the tomato. (You can have the halves facing inwards or out, whichever you like better.)
Roll the skewer in the dish of oil, slightly coating the tomato and cheese with the seasoning. Repeat for each, and arrange on a plate to serve.
This can be prepared a few hours in advance and chilled in the refrigerator , which makes it even easier than it already is!
This entree is sure to impress!
Follow the recipe for Chicken Marsala, either with chicken or veal.
Be generous with the mushrooms, and don't forget the garnish! Presentation is everything for a Valentine's Day dinner.
Makes 2 individual desserts.
6 ladyfingers, split
4-6 tbsp brewed espresso, divided
1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp cocoa powder and/or chocolate shavings
Depending on the size of the container that you use, you may have to change up the way you cut the ladyfingers. I have latte sized cups that I like to use, but you can use a wine or martini glass, shot glasses, whatever you like.
Cut the ladyfingers in half and set aside.
Combine the cheese sugar and whipping cream and beat on high until soft peaks form.
Quickly roll the lady fingers in the coffee (or you can brush the coffee on if you don't want them drenched.) Place the dipped cookies at the bottom of your serving vessel, plop on a dollop of the cream. Repeat one more time.
Top the final layer with a sprinkle of cocoa powder and/or a few chocolate shavings. Refrigerate for about two hours before serving.
A delicious and romantic Valentines Day Dinner you can prepare yourself!
Enjoy Your Romantic Evening!