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Jan 24, 2009 05:35 PM

Ideas for Valentine's Day seafood menu?

We have a vertical of Tablas Creek Espirit de Beaucastel Blanc (fabulous rhone varietal blend) that is begging to be drunk with 2 other couples for VDay. I want to do an all seafood-shellfish dinner (guest will bring apps). Any ideas welcome (however, one person is nut-allergic). Thanks in advance!

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  1. One of my staples for Valentine's Day menus is an easy shrimp soup--it's both shellfish for your needs and delightfully pink for the holiday! I've served it as a starter on more than one Feb. 14.

    Many specialty stores sell cream of shrimp soup, but I've subbed lobster or lobster bisque or even crab with no complaints: Saute some red pepper and some fresh shrimp in butter. In a pot, combine the cream of shrimp soup, 1/2 can milk, 1/2 can cream. Add the cooked shrimp and red pepper. Just before serving, add 1/3 c sherry. Rich and delicious without a lot of effort! (Of course, you could make a cream of shrimp soup from scratch, reserving some shrimp for sauteing at the last minute as well...)

    1. Thursday's soup sounds divine and I may just have to make that before V day even gets here!

      I was thinking a salmon roulade would be pretty, tasty, and not too time intensive for you. Found one recipe but it uses sesame seeds, which might inflame your nut-allergic guest. But maybe they can eat it without the seeds (maybe with a drizzle of sesame oil, you'd have to ask them about that...). In any case here is a recipe link: . Here is another salmon roulade recipe with a potato galette that sounds divine and doesn't have the nut factor . Though it recommends a Pinot Noir, I think your white Rhone would stand up to this dish.

      If you want a more unusual recipe, Lobster Newburg is very nice, particularly if you do it up in crepes... .

      Fondue is always fun for V day, I was thinking some kind of creamy cheesy shrimp fondue that you and your guests could dip bread into.

      For dessert, a chocolate fondue with long stemmed strawberries, or those dark chocolate dessert shells (available on filled with a mousse, or even a vanilla bean infused whipped cream or ice cream, topped with a fanned out strawberry. I've been seeing a lot of chafing dishes and fondue sets for ridiculously cheap at T.J. Maxx and Marshall's lately...

      1. Shrimp Fra Diavolo - simple, and fantastic.
        I let the olive oil gently heat up with a heavy handed heap of crushed red pepper flakes, until the oil turns red and you can really smell it.
        Serve over angel hair pasta (I think it's funny)

        1. I've made a pretty easy and elegant recipe several times now, and you can put it together ahead of time - salmon filets topped with butter, currants and preserved ginger, wrapped in puff pastry dough.

          Here's another lovely recipe that was from the same book:

          Scallops Bercy -

          1. And if you really want to impress, the French Laundry Lobster Crepes must be mentioned... .