On Valentine’s Day, which happens this Saturday in fact – the three most common gifts are chocolates, flowers, especially roses as they signify love, and dining out at a special restaurant. But since it does fall on a Saturday, many lovers will find getting a reservation at his or her favorite restaurant might be difficult, the wait could be long and the place overcrowded. And, we are due for more snow and an artic blast here in the Hudson Valley! So why not think about staying home, maybe by a roaring fire, and cozying up with a fabulous bottle of wine, great music and some special dishes?
Driscoll’s has created recipes for homemade treats featuring strawberries that are sure to warm the heart of your special someone. Start an intimate evening off with a Ginger Strawberry Mojito; make your partner’s favorite entrée spicing it up with a Strawberry Salad with Curry Dressing, and end the meal with a heart-shaped Strawberry Napoleon as the grand finale.
These recipes are all quite easy to make so you can plan on a relaxing and romantic evening.
Ginger Strawberry Mojito
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
- 4 medium Driscoll's Strawberries, hulled and quartered, plus 1 for garnish
- 12 sprigs fresh mint, plus 1 for garnish
- 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) spiced rum
- 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) ginger ale
- Place chopped ginger in a cocktail shaker and muddle.
- Add quartered strawberries, mint sprigs and lime juice and muddle again.
- Add ice, brown sugar and rum. Shake vigorously to combine.
- Strain into double old fashioned glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger ale.
- Garnish with remaining strawberry and mint sprig.
Strawberry Salad with Curry Dressing
Curried Yogurt Dressing
- 1/3 cup low-fat or fat free plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 cups mixed greens (about 6 ounces)
- 3/4 cup mint leaves
- 1 package (16 ounces) Driscoll's Strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered, depending on size
- 1/3 cup toasted unsweetened coconut
Whisk together yogurt, milk, honey, lime juice, curry powder, ginger and salt until evenly blended.
Into bowl with dressing, add mixed greens, mint, strawberries and toasted coconut and toss until evenly coated.
- 1 ready-to-roll pie crust
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 package (16 ounces) Driscoll's Strawberries
- 2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Fresh mint leaves
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Unroll pie crust on a lightly floured surface.
- Cut 6 hearts with a 4-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool.
- Meanwhile, beat heavy cream, sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
- Melt chocolate chips in microwave.
- Cut one strawberry in half. Set aside. Hull remaining strawberries and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices.
- Place one baked heart on a serving plate. Top with one quarter whipped cream and sliced strawberries. Top with second heart and repeat. Top with third heart and strawberry half.
- Drizzle with melted chocolate and garnish with mint leaves.
** Note: If you prefer to see other options for your romantic Valentine’s dinner at home, Driscoll’s has many delicious recipes to tempt you; just take the leap here. and if you choose to dine out here are some fabulous suggestions for a romantic evening in the Hudson Valley.