No need to deal with crowds and overpriced meals for Valentine’s Day – you can make a restaurant worthy meal at home with minimal work with Braised Lamb Ragu.
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Do you smell that? Love is in the air or is it chocolate? Either way, it’s pretty hard to ignore the onslaught of red candy in heart shaped boxes and the overall feeling of romance around you. This is not to say I’m one of those Valentine’s Day skeptics, I enjoy the holiday but I like to do it my own way.
I mean after all, it’s the perfect reminder to tell your loved ones that you love them (in case you forget in that busy life of yours), eat a decadent meal and have all the chocolate.
However, all the chocolate can be had after that meal. Does that sound good to you? I hope so because it is absolutely worth the wait once your home starts filling with the incredible aromas of slow braised lamb.
Wait though? Isn’t Valentine’s Day also about treating yourself a bit and not having to slave away in the kitchen, maybe by putting your feet up and having a glass of wine?
Of course it is and I’m getting to that but let me make my valid argument of why cooking at home is better than those stuffy restaurant meals.
For starters – do you want to be jam packed in a restaurant that’s charging too much for a meal that you can get that the very next night that probably tastes better for less? Secondly, how romantic is it to spend an evening with 50 other strangers? Not very is it? After our 3rd Valentine’s Day together we began to realize how silly those evenings out were and that a night home is really the way to go.
This my friends is your perfect Valentine’s Day. It starts by waking up late with a leisurely breakfast, perhaps you’ll find something delicious to make below? Then you move on to prepping your dinner – a slow hands off roast that can be cooked in your oven or slow cooker for the remainder of the day. Since it’s Saturday, let’s have a sip of wine while prepping for this evening’s meal, I believe Gallo Family’s Sweet Red will do the trick – not too full-bodied; the perfect slightly sweet wine to enjoy mid-day.
Now our lamb is braising away and the fun is to begin. Go ice skating, go to the movies, go the beach if you are lucky enough to live some place warm. Whatever you do, do something fun and not part of your normal routine. There’s no worry about dinner or coming home too tired to cook because the magic of braised lamb is in time. Time to sit and become tender and flavorful as it cooks away with the tomatoes, onions, garlic and thyme.
As dinner time approaches light those candles and open the wine for the evening, either finish that Sweet Red from earlier or a glass of Riesling which is a perfect match for the pasta this ragu will be served with.
Lastly finish your evening with that piece of chocolate for a perfect Valentine’s Day!
Of course we only have dinner for your low-key day at home, check out the recipes below for more inspiration or Gallo Family’s Valentine’s Day blog. Also don’t forget to visit Gallo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and their website. Plus you’ll need their store locatorto pick up your wine for Valentine’s Day!
Alluring Appetizers and Brunch:
- Burrata and Garlic Tomato Appetizer by Family Foodie
- Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms by Life Tastes Good
- Strawberry Love Bombs by Peaceful Cooking
Magnificent Main Dishes:
- Braised Lamb Ragu by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Bruschetta Chicken and Pasta by Casa de Crews
- Mahi Mahi with Roasted Tomatoes and Fennel by The Messy Baker
- Seafood Risotto by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Thai Sweet Chili Glazed Salmon by The Foodie Army Wife
Dazzling Desserts and Sweets:
- Caramel Apple Pie Bites for Two by Feed Me, Seymour
- Chocolate Coconut Haystacks by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Chocolate Coeur a la Creme by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate Espresso Creme Brulee by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Gluten Free Deep Dish Red Velvet Brownies for Two by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Creamy Lemon Tart by Magnolia Days
- Mocha Fudge by Alida’s Kitchen
- Polenta Cake with Honey Yogurt and Peach Preserves by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Raspberry Custard by Nosh My Way
- Raspberry Meringue Hearts by Desserts Required
- Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Brownie by Flavor Mosaic
- Valentine’s Day Cream Puffs by Ruffles & Truffles
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