Going out for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day… sounds so dreamy, doesn’t it? More often than not, things don’t turn out so dreamy though. You end up in a crowded restaurant with a cranky server, a limited and expensive menu, and worst of all, you’re in public so you can only get so “romantic” without disturbing other people. Blech!
“There are so many advantages to dining in on that special night,” says Chef Blakely Trettenero, who writes about her culinary adventures on her fabulous blog, Everyday Gourmet with Blakely (www.gourmetwithblakely.com). “It’s more comfortable, less expensive and super exclusive, because you can have whatever you want – from the cocktails to the entrée to dessert. And what better way to show you care than to cook a fantastic meal for – or with – that someone special?”
Putting together a romantic little dinner for you and your lover on a weeknight (Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year) is easier than you might think. Trettenero says there are plenty of delicious recipes to tantalize your sweetheart’s taste buds without you needing to waste copious amounts of time slaving over a hot stove. You might just want to save your energy for later, anyway…
Here is one of Chef Blakely Trettenero’s recipes that you are going to love and is perfect for dining at home on Valentine’s Day!
Herbed Savory Palmiers
Perfect for Valentine’s Day – this pastry is heart-shaped!
1. 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
2. 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, minced
3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
4. 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
5. 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
6. 1 tablespoon olive oil
9. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
10. 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
2. In a bowl, add the finely chopped sundried tomatoes, minced garlic, chopped rosemary, chopped thyme, salt, pepper and olive oil. Mix until combined and set aside
3. On a lightly floured surface, slightly roll out your thawed puff pastry sheet and transfer to a cutting board
4. To the rolled out puff pastry add the sundried tomato and herb mixture evenly
5. Evenly sprinkle the top with the grated Parmesan and Gruyere cheese
6. Starting on one side, roll the puff pastry tightly, stopping at the middle
7. Roll the other side of the puff pastry tightly until you reach the middle
8. Cut into 1-inch pieces and place on a parchment-lined sheet tray. Put them into the oven and let them bake for 15-17 minutes until golden brown
9. Once they’re baked, serve them warm
About Blakely Trettenero
Blakely Trettenero, host of the Everyday Gourmet with Blakely (www.gourmetwithblakely.com) and Hungry for Travels (www.hungryfortravels.com) websites, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando, Florida. She is a world traveler, having visited more than 30 countries, and is becoming a frequent guest on TV.