Valentines Day is fast approaching, a day meant for love, romance, and affection…or being incredibly thankful for being single! For those so fortunate…or unfortunate to be in a relationship this year, there comes the big question: what will you do this Valentines Day to impress your special someone? Sure flowers and chocolates are an easy go-to gift, but to really get the attention of of that special someone, you’re going to have to take that extra step. No I am not talking jewelry (although new earrings would be nice), I am talking about taking action! Nothing says I love you (or I want you) like a gift that you have created all on your own. One of the most universally appreciated DIY gifts is to cook for someone. Both men and women alike can’t deny how awesome it feels to know that someone has taken the time to cook something special just for you! Not only is cooking a special Valentines Dinner romantic and fun, it is also budget friendly. There is no question that a homemade special meal is far cheaper than a bouquet of roses or jewelry. And trust me, the reaction you’ll get when you serve up this romantic meal will blow any bouquet or jewelry out of the water! With this Valentines Day dinner, you won’t just be heating things up in the kitchen, but the bedroom as well!
This week we have the appetizer to your Valentines Day menu, a comforting Butternut Squash Soup. This soup is really easy and fast, and can be made ahead of time and re-heated for convenience. The layers of flavour in the dish will really impress your lover, showing them that you didn’t just open up a can of soup! A theme ingredient that you will see in both the appetizer and the main dish is Marsala wine, which ties the whole meal together. The addition of Marsala in the first and second course shows that really thought out the entire meal, giving you extra bonus points!
Tip: Make the soup up to 5 days in advance and keep it refrigerated. To re-heat, simply warm on the stove for 10-15 minutes.
Tip: Garnish the soup with fresh sage leaves to make a striking presentation.
Tip: Click here to learn how to make squash puree. It’s so easy!
The Drink: Try a dry Chardonnay to balance out the sweetness of the Marsala Wine.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 tsp minced or pureed garlic
1 sprig fresh sage leaves
3 cups chicken broth
puree from 1 butternut squash or 1 jar of butternut squash puree
1 tbsp Marsala wine
dash of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup cream
1. In a large pot, warm the olive oil at medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender and slightly browned. This should take about 10-12 minutes.
2. Add the garlic and sage and cook for about 1 minute.
3. Add the squash puree and chicken broth and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
4. Remove the sage sprig from the mixture.
5. Add the Marsala and cayenne pepper. Taste and season appropriately with salt and pepper.
6. Using and immersion blender, puree the soup until you have reached your desired consistency. Stir in the cream and serve warm.
To see part 2 and 3 of this Valentines Day meal, come back next Wednesday! And to learn more of my recipes, visit my site, Ginger Rose.
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