Are you staying in for Valentine’s Day and are looking for something special to cook for your sweetheart? Here are some ideas for making a memorable Valentine’s Day dinner at home.
Sweet (Pepper) Hearts Salad
Have plenty of candles lit and wine chilled. Use your Valentine’s Bouquet for the table centerpiece. Have a wonderful, romantic Valentine’s Day!
This was originally going to be a seafood lasagna but I had worked all day and was ready to be off my feet, so I just quickly threw this together as a casserole. It was amazing! Loved it so much that Seafood Baked Ziti is going to be a frequent flier in my dinner recipe rotation.
Seafood Baked Ziti
8 oz. ziti, cooked al dente’
15 oz. jar Alfredo Sauce
8 oz. pkg imitation crab (surimi), chopped – or real crab meat
1/2 pound peeled, deveined cooked shrimp, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 cup fat free half & half
1/4 Parmesan cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons Kraft Italian cheese blend
2 slices Swiss cheese, diced
2 Tbs siced red bell pepper & sliced scallions with additional for garnish
In a large bowl, stir together all the ingredients except for the garnish. Pour into a 2 quart casserole and bake in preheated 350º F oven for 15 – 20 minutes. (Just until heated through and cheeses melt)
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Seafood Baked Ziti
Paula Deen’s Recipe
1/2 lb cleaned and peeled cooked shrimp
1 (6 ounce) can crab meat
1 (6 ounce) can salmon, bones removed
1 (7 ounce) can corn kernels, drained
1 cup cooked white rice, leftover is fine
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1/2 cup prepared tartar sauce, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 eggs, beaten, divided
1/4 cup dried breadcrumb
peanut oil, for frying
emon wedge, for serving
Pulse the shrimp in a food processor until finely chopped.
Transfer the shrimp into a large mixing bowl.
Add all the remaining ingredients except 1 of the beaten eggs and the bread crumbs, and fold together gently but thoroughly.
Roll the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls and dip into the beaten egg and then dredge in the bread crumbs.
Deep-fry in 350 degree F oil until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels.
Serve with lemon wedges and more tartar or remoulade sauce for dipping.
My Sister’s Recipe
1 14 oz. can salmon, bone and skin removed – may use crab meat for crab cakes
2 tablespoons red or green bell peppers, diced
2 tablespoons onions, diced
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup soft bread crumbs
1 cup Ritz crackers, crushed
1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, (optional)
dash salt and pepper
Mix together all ingredients. Fry in skillet in just enough oil to cover bottom until browned on both sides. Can also be deep fried like hush puppies. Yummy with cocktail sauce or lemon juice.
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup roasted red peppers
6 ounces fettuccine (approx. 1/3 box)
2 tablespoons garlic butter
one 8-ounce tub fresh jumbo lump crab meat
1/4 cup white wine
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
1 1/2 teaspoons Montreal steak seasoning
1. Fill saucepan 3/4 full of hot water, cover and place on high heat to boil for pasta.
2. Wash parsley. Remove and discard stems.
3. Using food chopper, chop parsley (enough for 1/4 cup). Set aside.
4. Dice roasted peppers into 1/2-inch pieces; set aside.
5. Check pasta water for boil. When boiling, add pasta and cook uncovered for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Measure remaining ingredients and place near stove.
7. Preheat sauté pan on high for 1-2 minutes.
8. Add garlic butter and swirl to coat. Add: roasted peppers, parsley, and crabmeat; cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
9. Add wine and cook for 1 minute.
10. Add whipping cream and cook for 1 minute.
11. Remove pasta from heat and drain in colander.
12. Add to crabmeat mixture: pasta, cheese and steak seasoning; cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve.