Wine and Dine Your Valentine with Wine Infused Recipes
For many couples, Valentine's Day is a much needed excuse for a date night. Reservations at a nice restaurant are a traditional way to celebrate the holiday but sometimes, heading out on the town just isn't an option. That doesn't mean you have no options for a romantic meal! We have compiled several recipes that bring the wining and dining to your own kitchen. Whether you have a plan to cook together or surprise your love with a home-cooked meal - these recipes are sure to be a hit!
Cheese Fondue made with White Wine
Image and recipe from My Food Story
This simple cheese fondue recipe makes a great appetizer or a light entree. It's a perfect option for a night in with Netflix or for nibbling in the kitchen while you prep a larger meal.
The ingredients are simple and can be adapted to what you have on hand for dipping.
1 Garlic Clove, grated
1 cup dry White Wine (We recommend the Atlantic, a Maryland Vidal Blanc from Great Shoals Cellars.)
200 grams / .4 pounds Emmentaler cheese (at room temperature)
200 grams / .4 pounds Gruyère cheese (at room temperature)
50 grams / .1 pound Smoked Cheddar (at room temperature)
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
1 tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice
Toasted bread cubed and/or lightly blanched vegetables, for dipping
Find the full instructions for making the cheese fondue with white wine at My Food Story HERE
Scampi Style Steak and Scallops made with White Wine
Image and recipe from Judy Purcell at Savoring Today
Often, red meat dishes make people automatically think of red wine. This delicious version of surf and turf helps dispel that notion with a delightful white wine sauce.
For the Steak & Scallops
2 beef tenderloin steaks, 1 1/2-inch thick, 4-6 ounces each
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons butter
6 large sea scallops, rinse and pat dry
For the Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup finely chopped green onions (about 4 scallions), white and light green part
3 large cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup dry white wine (We recommend our Pinot Gris, made in Maryland)
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh basil, cut into thin strips
1 tablespoon minced parsley
¼ teaspoon lemon zest
Dash hot pepper sauce
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Find full instructions for making the scampi inspired surf and turf at Savoring Today HERE
Chocolate Shakes with Red Wine
Image and recipe by Patricia Bozeman on Rhubarbarians
Yes, you read that correctly - Chocolate Milkshakes made with Red Wine! These are the perfect way to finish out your Wine and Dine evening!
1 pint good quality chocolate ice cream
1/2 cup red wine (We recommend the Great Shoals Merlot, a delicious Maryland red wine!)
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and maraschino cherries for serving (optional)
Find full instructions for making the red wine chocolate shakes at Rhubarbarians HERE
Which recipe are you most excited to try? Do you have a recipe you would like to share? Leave a comment below!