How To Do Valentine’s Day Dinner

There is an insane amount of pressure put on couples during Valentine’s Day. You’re supposed to wear the perfect outfit, go to the perfect restaurant, order the best champagne. All of that can be exciting, especially when you’re first dating someone, but we say take off some of the pressure this year: try cooking at home. It’s healthier and doubles as a gift. Trust us, these recipes from Chef Leah Cohen of Pig & Khao, are bound to impress even the toughest critics. Go ahead, cancel your reservations and stay in this year….

Blini’s With Caviar

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Buckwheat Pancakes:

1/ 3 cup + 2 tbs buckwheat flour

1/3 cup AP flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

2 tsp oil

1 large egg

3/4 cup flour

Directions: 

Combine wet and dry ingredients into separate bowls. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and whisk until smooth.

In a large nonstick sauté pan on medium heat add a little oil and drop 2TBS worth of batter into pan for pancakes. Cook then until golden brown one onside (approx. 2min) and then flip over and cook for another 2 minutes.

For Garnish: 

2 hard boiled eggs – whites and yolks separated and minced

1 small shallot minced

4 tbs thinly sliced chives

2 oz. caviar

4 oz. crème fraiche

Build your own blini’s with a different garnish according to your liking.

Gnocchi with Bolognese Sauce

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For the Bolognese:

1 lb ground beef

1ea medium onion small diced

6 cloves garlic minced

1 small carrot minced

1 tbs tomato paste

4 tbs olive oil

1/2 tsp chili flakes

1 can whole peeled tomatoes (smashed by hand)

1 cup water

salt to taste

Directions:

In a medium saucepot heat up olive oil and brown the beef. Add the onions, garlic and carrots and cook until soft. Add the tomato paste and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the canned tomatoes, water, chili flakes and salt. Bring up to a boil and then down to a simmer. Cook for 1.5 hours on low heat.

Garnish:

5 sprigs Italian basil chopped

Finishing olive oil

Freshly grated parmesean

For the Gnocchi:

1 lb Yukon gold potatoes diced

140g AP flour

4 oz softened unsalted butter

4 yolks

1/2 oz grated parmesean

1 tbs salt

1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Directions:

Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until the potatoes fork tender. Drain the potatoes very well and then pass through a tammy. While the potatoes are still hot lay them out on a clean work- space in a thin layer. Evenly distribute the egg yolks, salt, grated Parmesan, butter and nutmeg. Finally, sift the flour on top of the potatoes and then with a metal bench scraper mix everything until incorporated, try not to over work the dough. Once everything has come together form a flat rectangle and refrigerate. When the dough is cold, cut into long pieces and then cut into gnocchi size. Cook in salted boiling water, once the gnocchi rises to the top cook for another 30 seconds and then take out and add it to the sauce and cook for another minute. Add 1tbs freshly chopped basil, 2tbs good finishing olive oil and finish with grated parmesan.

Wondering what to wear on Valentine’s Day? Check out our guide to the season’s best metallics, then consult our cocktail guide for a drink recommendation.