Here's an idea for a special Valentine's Day meal that you can prepare at home for that special someone. This is the first of 4-part series of ideas. This combo uses lobster as salad, chicken for main dish, chocolate mousse for dessert, and a special Valentine shake. These recipes have been compiled to give a nice mix of recipes for a romantic meal. Enjoy!
* 1 cup cooked lobster meat * 3 cups cooked rice * 1/4 cup sliced celery * 1/4 cup sliced pimento-stuffed olives * 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper * 1/4 cup chopped pimento * 1/4 cup minced onion * 1/2 teaspoon salt * 1/4 teaspoon pepper * 3 tablespoons mayonnaise * 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges * 1 lemon, cut into wedges * crisp lettuce
Combine lobster, rice, celery, olives, bell pepper, pimento and onion in large bowl; cover and chill. Just before serving, stir together salt, pepper and mayonnaise; toss with lobster mixture. Spoon onto lettuce; garnish with tomato wedges. Serve with lemon wedges.
Cover bottom of 8 x 12 dish with broken pieces of beef. Arrange chicken breasts on beef. Mix soup and sour cream and pour over chicken. Melt 3/4 cup butter and mix with 45 crushed Ritz crackers. Put on top of chicken. Refrigerate. When ready, bake at 275 degrees for 4 hours uncovered. If too brown the last hour, cover with foil.
Lover`s Chocolate Mousse
* 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips * 2 large eggs * 2 teaspoons brandy * 3/4 cup 2% lowfat milk -- heated to just below boiling point (microwave about 45 secs on high)
Place the chocolate chips, eggs and brandy in blende. Blend 30 seconds at high speed. With blender running, add hot milk, continue blending for another 30 seconds. (If you really want to, fold in 1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped - but it really isn't necessary). Pour into dessert dishes, refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Or pour into lightly sprayed fancy tart tins and freeze, let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes before serving.
Use a blender for this. You can replace the brandy with 1 tsp vanilla if you wish, or substitute 2 tsp of a coffee, orange or mint liqueur to subtly enhance the chocolate flavour.
* 3 cups milk * 1 cup strawberries * 3 ice cubes
Put all ingredients in blender. Mix. Pour into glasses.
If you like these ideas, look out for the next meal combo for your special Valentine dinner. Happy Valentine's Day. Have a good one !
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