Valentine’s Grilling for 2
Avoid restaurant wait times and over-priced Valentine’s menus-
just warm up your grill and here’s some quick tips for your romantic dinner.
5-step Eye on the Prize focus:
- Minimize time spent outside with the grill. Keep yourself and your beloved warm. Believe me, today is not the day for a smoked cod menu.
- No fuss prep and quick clean up ideal. Spending hours in the kitchen before and after the meal steals time from romance.
- Elegant menu, with trusted tried-and-true recipes. Fancy, but not out of easy reach to achieve delicious results.
- Surprise on the menu makes it special. The menu could start with her favorites, but a little surprise helps make the evening feel special and show that you put thought into the dinner for your partners enjoyment.
- Planning is everything! Having ingredients prepped at the ready, and set to go helps the evening go more smoothly.
What’s your pleasure: Gas or Charcoal grill?
That helps determine your ideal menu.
Charcoal Grill: Best cooking with a quick, hot sear
Filet Mignon with a red wine marinade (any food with wine and a French name counts as elegant) Marinade steak 1 hour min refrigerated in: 1c red wine, 1/4c olive oil, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, ¼ cup soy sauce.
PRO TIP: For thicker cuts, allow the steak to sit in the marinade at least 15-20 minutes at room temp before grilling.
- Prosciutto wrapped asparagus (or any food with an Italian name is romantic AND elegant – am I right?) Wrap one slice of prosciutto around each asparagus starting at the base and winding up to the tip. Spray stainless steel grill topper with olive oil and preheat on the grill, before adding asparagus).
- Baked Potatoes Foil wrapped with aioli butter & herbs (to shorten the time, lightly coat in olive oil and microwave the potatoes to then finish on the grill - searing the skins without drying the potatoes.)
- Fruit: Pineapple, peaches or apricots will caramelize their natural sugars when grilled to a sweet perfection.
Gas Grill: Best for low heat, consistent temp cooking
- Ahi & vegie shish-ka-bobs If you don’t do skewers often, this counts as an exceptional menu item, (ready fancy) and they cook quickly. Marinate: 1 c wine vinegar, 1 TBSP olive oil, 2 TBSP Sesame Oil, 2 TBSP Brown Sugar, 1 TBSP Ginger (I like my Ginger & Garlic from the tube in the produce section for quick, easy flavor), 1 TBSP Garlic, 3 TBSP Soy Sauce, And a generous splash of your favorite Hot Sauce. Marinate in fridge 1 hour.
PRO TIP: Cut onions, bell peppers into equal-sized pieces to cook in the same time as the 2-3" chunks of Ahi. Place onion pieces on either side of the Ahi to help hold it together on the skewer while quick searing and add great flavor.
- Quinoa, couscous, or wild rice. For the extra fancy part- cook your side dish in chicken broth instead of water and add sliced almonds, currents, and a heaping tsp. your favorite Herbs de Provence or Italian seasoning.
- Chocolate fondue Place cast iron skillet on grill for about 10 minutes to heat it, while your entrees are finishing, then after gas is shut off, pour in a bag of choc chips and a small splash of Cointreau or Kahlua. When chips are almost melted, add 1/2 c of whipping cream, stir gently. Remove from the grill to continue melting from the heat of the pan. Eat immediately! It's still yummy, but it turns into a thick, almost frosting as it cools.
Whether or not it is perfectly dippable - it is delicious, and it's always great to end a Valentine's dinner with chocolate!
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Thank you, and happy grilling!