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Love At First Bite Is At Cappuccio’s Meats This Year

Are looking for a romantic Valentine’s dinner at home this year, rather than deal with the stress of the busiest restaurant night of the year? If so, Cappuccio’s Meats can help! Give your sweetheart a meal they deserve with our favorite date night dinner recipe. Settle in for a cozy night and forget the winter weather, traffic and waiting for a table. 

Appetizer: Fresh Marinated Mozzarella Knots

You can get these delicious mozzarella knots at Talluto’s located in the heart of the Italian Market. It’s the perfect appetizer that will surely impress your partner.  

Main Dish: Steak with Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Impress your lover with this incredible and easy gourmet dish.

Ingredients:

For Roasted Brussels Sprouts:

  • 1 bunch of Asparagus
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper

For Steaks:

  • Dry-Aged Porterhouse or Filet Mignon Steaks
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil

For Creamy Garlic Shrimp:

  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Half a pound of shrimp deveined, tails off
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of dry white wine or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • Salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley finely chopped

Instructions:

  • Since the asparagus takes a while to cook, prepare them before cooking the steaks is recommended. Simply preheat the oven to 400°F, then cut off the end of the asparagus. Mix them in a bowl with olive oil, salt, and freshly ground pepper.
  • Pour the brussels sprouts in a large sheet pan and roast for 15 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, shake the pan or flip the asparagus so that they will cook evenly. Sprinkle with more salt and freshly grounded pepper if needed.  
  • To prepare the steaks, let steaks sit at room temperature 15 to 30 minutes before seasoning. Pat dry with paper towel and season generously on each side with salt and fresh out pepper.  
  • Using a cast-iron skillet is the best way to cook steaks in the winter. Preheat your pan on high heat, add olive oil in very carefully and wait for the skillet to create some smoke.
  • Sear the steaks for 4 to 5 minutes each side. To check your steak doneness, read our blog for your desired doneness. Make sure you allow the steaks to rest from 5 to 10 minutes before serving.  
  • While the steaks are resting, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet and add the shrimp in. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes until perfectly cooked. Set the shrimp aside.
  • In the same skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and saute 4 cloves of garlic until fragrant. Pour in dry white wine or chicken broth. Simmer until it reduces to half, then add heavy cream and bring it to simmer. While stirring occasionally, add in parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Turn off the heat and add the shrimp back into the pan. Sprinkle with freshly cut parsley.
  • Serve with steaks.

Dessert: Chocolate covered Strawberry

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 lb of fresh strawberries
  • Toothpicks

Instructions:

  • In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and stir occasionally until smooth.
  • Hold the strawberry with toothpicks, dip them into the chocolate mixture.
  • Let the chocolate cool down.

If you don’t want to make the dessert yourself, Anthony’s Italian Coffee & Chocolate House provides the best chocolate covered strawberry.

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