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!
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...)
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: http://www.recipezaar.com/Sesame-Salm... . Here is another salmon roulade recipe with a potato galette that sounds divine and doesn't have the nut factor http://www.finedinings.com/baked_salm... . 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... http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... .
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 Amazon.com) 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...
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)
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 - http://www.chow.com/photos/183778