Small, intimate dinner parties can be as enjoyable for the hostess as they are for the guests. A simple menu of delicious food, presented to those you enjoy being with is a wonderful way to give of your self. What better way to say thank you, I love you, I value our friendship, congratulations, etc., than by preparing a special meal for that special someone?
Creole Shrimp Remoulade - The New Orleans way to begin any meal. Served over a bed of field greens, this is an appetizer and a salad in one.
Steak Diane with Brandy Mushroom Sauce - Simplified for the home cook, this elegant dish has all the grandeur of the traditional presentation, without the fuss.
Fresh Green Beans with Almonds and Blue Cheese - Fresh Green Beans are a favorite side dish for meat, fish, and poultry, especially when sautéed with sliced or slivered almonds and topped with crumbled blue cheese.
Roasted New Potatoes with Red Onion and Parsley - Roasted New Potatoes are a delicious, lighter alternative to baked or mashed potatoes.
Warm Chocolate Cakes with Vanilla Ice Cream - Can you think of a better way to end this meal than with rich, luscious, individual chocolate cakes served with vanilla ice cream?
Serve with a warm baguette and sweet butter.
When I created this menu, I was looking for something that would be classic and reflect the elegance of some of New Orleans' finest restaurants. I also wanted the main course to include steak. But I also wanted something that I could cook in less than 2 hours. With some advanced preparation, this meal can be prepared and served in just under 2 hours -- less if prepare the produce the day before. It is important to read through the recipes ahead to determine where you can save time.
Here are a few quick tips for this meal:
Tips for Preparing the Dessert:
I hope that you enjoy my Romantic Dinner whether you serve it on Valentine's Day or for any other occasion.
With Warmest Regards,
Editor, Cajun & Creole Site