How To Make The Perfect Easy Valentine’s Day Meal For Two

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February has finally arrived and with it comes the annual excitement and mild anxiety of preparing for Valentine’s Day! Why not show your other half how much you care, by creating your very own valentine masterpiece?

Here at Bonzer, we believe in keeping things simple and of high quality, so we have done the hard work for you and compiled our guide on how to make the perfect easy Valentine’s Day dinner. So why not impress your other half by creating this simple yet stylish meal? You can always say you thought it up – we promise we won’t tell!

Our Valentine’s Day menu is as follows:

Rose-scented Champagne cocktail

Scallops with chorizo

Filet mignon with red wine sauce

Mocha fondant chocolate puddings

So, if you’re appetite has been whetted and you’ve got your kitchen tools at the ready, let’s get down to making this romantic meal for two.

Rose-scented Champagne cocktail

Ingredients:

  • Dry rosé Champagne
  • Rose-scented vodka
  • Rose petals
  • 2 Demerara sugar cubes

Directions:

The first step is to decide how much you love your partner! If you are truly devoted, you might like to create the rose-scented vodka yourself, but if you don’t have the time it can be easily purchased. To make it yourself, take the petals from around three roses (you should already have these if you’re a valentine pro!), put them into a bottle of vodka and leave in a dark place for as many days as you have available.

  1. Add 1 Demerara sugar cube into a Champagne glass.
  2. Add 1 tsp rose-scented vodka.
  3. Pour in the dry rosé Champagne to suit and stir and crush the sugar with a mixing spoon.
  4. Garnish with rose petals.

You don’t even need a cocktail shaker for this one. See, we said this would be simple! Now let’s move up a level.

Scallops with chorizo

Ingredients:

  • 200g scallops
  • 50g of chorizo sausage
  • Juice of a quarter of a lemon
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. Cut the chorizo into 2-3mm slices.
  2. Heat a heavy frying pan and dry-fry the chorizo on a medium heat for 2 minutes.
  3. Place the chorizo to one side and fry the scallops in the same pan for 1 minute each side.
  4. Add the chorizo to the pan, squeeze the lemon juice with a lemon squeezer, then cook for a few seconds and serve.

Very quick and easy to prepare and thoroughly mouth-watering. Next, let’s move on to the main course.

Filet mignon with red wine reduction

Ingredients:

  • 2 filet mignon steaks – up to 2 inches thick
  • Canola oil
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 glasses of red wine
  • Salt and black pepper

Directions:

Tip: You may have bought pre-cut filet mignon medallions from your butcher, but if you have the whole tenderloin, you can butterly it first and create heart shaped medallions if you’re feeling particularly romantic! Also, aim to cook with a wine that you both enjoy to drink. It is Valentine’s Day after all, so treat yourselves!

  1. Trim the filet mignon steaks.
  2. Once at room temperature, dry the meat with paper towels, coat with oil and then add salt.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a frying pan on high heat, for about a minute.
  4. Place the steaks in the pan and reduce the heat down to a medium setting.
  5. Sear the steaks for between 3-6 minutes, depending on their thickness (2 inches plus is thick).
  6. Turn them over and cook for another 2-5 minutes, depending on how well you like your steak done.
  7. Remove from the pan, loosely place in tin foil and allow to rest while you make the sauce.
  8. Pour the wine into the frying pan and turn the heat up to high.
  9. Heat for about 10 minutes until about 75% of it has been reduced.
  10. Pour the juice from the steaks into the pan with the wine.
  11. Turn off the heat and allow to rest.
  12. When the wine has stopped bubbling, slowly add the butter until melted.
  13. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  14. Serve the sauce with the steak and your own choice of vegetable accompaniments.

That was easy, if slightly more complex. Finally, let’s tackle the dessert.

Mocha fondant chocolate puddings

Ingredients:

  • 50g dark chocolate (ideally over 70% cocoa solids)
  • 1 tsp good quality instant coffee
  • 2 eggs
  • 50g butter
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • 25g sifted plain flour

Directions:

  1. Weigh out your ingredients.
  2. Butter 3 small metal moulds and line the bottoms with a circle of parchment.
  3. Dissolve the coffee in 1 tsp of boiling water and allow to cool.
  4. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a pan with the butter.
  5. Beat the eggs and sugar in a blender, until you have a thick, foamy mix, 3 times its original size.
  6. Add the chocolate and coffee to the egg and sugar mix and whisk together briefly.
  7. Sieve the flour and briefly beat until mixed.
  8. Put the moulds onto a baking sheet and pour in the mixture (not quite to their top).
  9. Place the baking sheet in the centre of a preheated oven at 200°C/gas mark 6 (180°C for a fan-assisted oven) and cook for around 8 minutes until they are set and easily removable.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes, before carefully serving.
  11. Serve with whipped cream, ice cream or your favourite accompaniment of choice!

As you may have noticed, the above dessert recipe serves three, but these are so good, we’re sure you’ll want to cuddle up and share the third with your loved one anyway.

If you’re after a few interesting drinks to serve during the evening you should also check out our Valentine’s Day Cocktail Guide, a great accompaniment to our Valentine’s Meal.

Should you require any baking equipment, bar equipment or kitchen utensils, we have all the professional kitchen equipment you need to create a Valentine’s Day hit.

So, if you would like to buy some cooking equipment for your valentine meal, or if you have any questions for us, please email us or call us on 01825 765 511.

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