Are you thinking of making a meal for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Here are three delicious recipes that you can easily make to get you in their good books! Whether you fancy a steak, seafood or a vegetarian delight, these recipes are sure to go down a treat.
Rump steak with mushroom and red wine sauce
This quick and easy recipe from BBC Good Food will give the impression you’ve slaved over a hot stove for hours. It should take around 15 minutes in total to make.
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 2 rump steaks
- 2 thyme sprigs, leaves removed
- 140g mushrooms, chopped
- 150ml red wine
- 1 tbsp butter
- Season the steaks then put into frying pan with pre-heated oil. For a medium rare steak, fry for 2-3 minutes on each side or you can fry for more/less time to suit your liking. Take out of the pan and set aside.
- Add mushrooms and thyme leaves to the pan. Cook until softened then pour in the wine and bubble until syrupy.
- Turn off the heat then stir in the butter. Season.
- Serve steaks with sauce poured over. Complement with creamy mashed potato and crunchy green vegetables.
An extra special Jamie Oliver recipe as told to him by his adopted Italian grandfather! Love is definitely in the air with this recipe and it’s sure to impress your date. It should take around 10 minutes to cook, plus preparation time.
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced
- 2 pinches crumbled dried chilli
- 1 anchovy fillet
- 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 250g linguine
- 1kg mussels, washed and debearded
- Small bunch of parsley, chopped
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Put pan of salted water on to boil. In a separate pan, add extra virgin olive oil on medium heat. Add the garlic, chilli and anchovy then add the cherry tomatoes as the garlic begins to fry. The garlic shouldn’t take on any colour but the oil needs to be hot enough to fry the anchovy. Juice from the tomato and oil should make a light sauce.
- Add linguine to the pan of boiling water and cook.
- Add the mussels to the tomato sauce. Stir, place a lid on top and cook until all of the mussels are open. Add handful of chopped parsley to the pan.
- Drain the pasta al dente and then pour the pasta and mussel sauce back into the pan, mixing everything together.
- Put back onto a low heat for an additional minute or two so the pasta sucks up the mussel juice. Serve with drizzle of olive oil and season to taste.
Miso roasted aubergine steaks with sweet potato
If your date this Valentine’s Day is vegetarian, try this delicious BBC Good Food recipe for a visually-pleasing and filling meal. It should take around 20 minutes to prepare and an hour to cook.
- 1 aubergine, around 375g
- 350g unpeeled sweet potatoes, cut into wedges
- 2 tbsp brown miso paste
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- Small piece of ginger, grated
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- Pink Himalayan salt, pinch
- 8 spring onions, sliced
- Small pack of parsley, chopped
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas 4. Peel aubergine and spread miso paste all over it.
- Put aubergine and sweet potato wedges into a roasting tin. Pour 225ml of boiling water into the base of the tin and add oil, ginger and garlic. Sprinkle pinch of salt over the wedges then put into oven for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, add another 125ml boiling water to the base of tin and put back into the oven for a further 20 minutes.
- After the 20 minutes, add 50ml boiling water and the spring onions. Roast for 10 more minutes. Check the aubergine is cooked by sliding a knife into the centre- if it’s cooked the aubergine will be soft.
- Sprinkle chopped parsley over the wedges. Slice aubergine into 2cm thick ‘steaks’ and serve on top of the sweet potato wedges. Make sure there is sauce in the tin- if not, add 3tbsp of water to loosen up the miso then pour the miso gravy over the aubergine. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper and serve.
For more recipe ideas, head over to the ‘Food’ category on our blog here. You’ll find plenty of tasty dishes and desserts to whip up and create the perfect meal this Valentine’s Day.