- Posted January 30, 2013 by
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Seafood for Valentines
Dining on seafood doesn’t strike romance at first glance, after all, it’s not as hearty and romantic as filet mignon with a glass of red wine. It doesn’t even come close to an Iberian chicken or foie gras and duck confit. But consider romantic seafood recipes for a moment, especially at its simplicity, lightness, nutrition and flavor.
Sometimes, love is best enjoyed at its barest essential, as if all you need are butter and lemon to flavor your core. That’s what butter and lemon does to seafood, especially pan-friend fish fillets glazed with the buttery and citrusy sauce. The more we taste the freshness of the sea. Fish is also ideal as a romantic seafood recipe because it’s essentially lighter compare to say, meat, and packed with nutrients.
In these romantic seafood recipes , the star would be oysters, the classic luscious aphrodisiac that could melt one’s heart of stone. Serve it on the shell, raw, barely sprinkled with rock salt and a spritz of lemon and you’ll be in romantic heaven. Pair the raw oysters with Chardonnay or Pinot full white wines.
Lobster is another romantic ingredient for your seafood dinner. Whether served as lobster bisque, steamed or buttered, flaked into risotto and pasta dishes, or deep fried till red in the shell, lobster is meant for sharing with the one you love. Best wines for lobster with dry, austere and crisp wines like Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc. These wines help cut through the richness that ooze out of these romantic lobsters.
Shrimp cocktails, especially plump ones the size of your fist, should be part of your romantic seafood recipes as well too. While the shrimp or prawns may be simply cooked till tender, pay special attention to making the cocktail sauce. Make it delicious so you can scoop it generously and enjoy. Pair shrimp cocktails with Sauvignon Blanc, a light white wine, or perhaps the Roman Frascati whose lemon-lime notes would form a blessed union with the shrimps.