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Feb 11, 2009 04:25 PM

Need help with Valentine's Menu...

Having a small dinner party with 3 or 4 couples - one person doesn't eat beef and another won't eat seafood!! NEED HELP!! Was thinking figs with goat cheese and prosciutto for an appie - probably something chocolate (flourless chocolate??) for dessert... but what do I serve in between? Anyway you slice it, chicken just seems so dull and unromantic!
Calling all foodies - your inspired suggestions are needed!

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  1. Veal? Paula Dean has a nice recipe for veal loin stuffed with Roasted peppers and Goat Cheese.
    She uses roasted yellow peppers but I might use red peppers to remain true to the theme.

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    1. re: todao

      I think veal would go under beef. What about duck? Or Cornish Hens? Some sort of fresh pasta, maybe with some kind of pork sausage? I agree with kattyeyes, though, you can definitely dress up chicken. I feel for you-- finnicky eaters drive me nuts and it take a real effort on my part to be accommodating (unless it's an allergy or religious issue, of course).

      1. re: Procrastibaker

        I think "Cornish Game Hens" comes under chicken.
        How 'bout a nice pizza?

    2. Pork tenderloin?
      Pasta with vodka sauce?
      Stuffed chicken breasts aren't dull if you make them with a stuffing you like. You could throw cranberries in a cornbread stuffing to give it a little Valentine's flair...though my dried fruit of choice in stuffing is apricots.

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      1. re: kattyeyes

        I agree that chicken isn't always boring, but what about using another foul but something a little less everyday -- duck would be my top choice, otherwise quail or game hen, are all sexier than chicken. I recently made duck breasts with a pomegranate reduction made with sesame oil, soy, garlic and shallots that were really delicious.

        1. re: Adrienne

          I think "fowl" would be still sexier (than "foul", haha). :-)

          That all sounds fantastic! I especially like these pomegranates & cranberries you & KE are suggesting - a little pink, a little fruity, but not sweet. I'll admit right upfront I personally dislike sweet things in savory dishes for the most part. But I think for everyone it's better to avoid sweetness in the main dish when you have a serious dessert planned, yk?

      2. Gotta agree on the duck. Game meat is very romantic!

        1. The cornish hens isn't a bad plan - the duck sounds good too - I actually saw a recipe with raspberries and shallots that sounded pretty yum recently... maybe a wild mushroom risotto with ?? -- keep 'em coming -- I'm on the edge of inspiration! lol

          1. What about lamb? Although my guess would be that the person who doesn't eat beef wouldn't be too happy with lamb either.