Valentine’s Day. For lots of couples, it’s a special occasion associated with going out to dinner.
For me? Going out to dinner is just a little bit stressful. It means making reservations, dealing with traffic, finding a parking spot, waiting for a table, and coughing up big bucks for a nice meal. Oh, and then there’s the acquiring of a babysitter. The only thing really romantic? The fact I’m not cleaning the kitchen.
So my husband and I will frequently opt for a nice meal at home. This can be done, parents of smallish children. It might mean putting the kids down to bed early or having your dinner later, but a home-cooked meal can beat a restaurant all to pieces.
Not sure what to cook for your special evening with your significant other? Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen is here to help with your cooking dilemma. Here’s an idea for a main course for you and your special someone. The dim lighting, soft music, and romance? Totally up to you! :)
1 ½ C Roasted duck
¾ C Whole milk ricotta cheese
1 t Orange zest
½ t Fresh thyme (remove stems and chop)
½ t Kosher salt (or to taste)
½ t Fresh ground pepper
32 small square wonton wrappers
4 T unsalted butter
2 C Tomato Sauce
¼ C grated parmesan cheese
1 small bunch Italian parsley
Combine duck with ricotta cheese, orange zest, thyme, salt and pepper.
Place a wonton wrapper on a dry work surface, place a teaspoon of mixture in the center and brush all four edges with egg wash.
Fold a corner to the opposing corner, press corners firmly together to seal.
Fold remaining corners together pressing firmly to seal. Set purse aside, dry work surface and continue wrapping remaining purses.
Heat butter in a large skillet over med-low heat.
Bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil add salt and purses. Cook purses until they float to the top and are tender, about 4-5 minutes. Purses may need to be cooked in two batches. Drain purses and either add to skillet and toss with butter or top with tomato sauce.
Plate purses, top with parmesan cheese and garnish with parsley.
*Tomato Sauce – In a large sauce pan heat ¼ C olive oil over med-high heat, add 1 tsp chopped garlic or shallots. Heat garlic or shallots for 2 minutes; add ½ C white wine and pinch of sugar. Add 32oz. of tomato sauce, 32oz. of crushed plum tomato, a small can of tomato paste, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in a ¼ C cream.
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