Valentine’s Feast For Two!

Valentine’s Feast For Two!

Didn’t make a Valentine’s dinner reservation this year or want to really impress your Valentine with a fancy feast? You can make a 5 star dinner without breaking the bank and with little cooking skills. Here’s my top secret recipe on my Horseradish mashed potatoes and Herb crusted lamb!

 

Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

Boiled Potatoes

Prepared horseradish

Chopped fresh Rosemary

Butter, Salt and pepper

Instructions:

Boil the potatoes as you normally would. Skin on or off according to preference.

Drain the potatoes just when they begin to get soft and crumbly. Add butter to taste and mash with potato masher.

Add prepared horseradish and chopped Rosemary to taste.

Add a little milk if the potatoes are too stiff. (Be careful, too much milk will make the potatoes heavy and pasty.
Garnish with Rosemary sprigs.

Herb Crusted Lamb:

Coated with a simple herb crust, rack of lamb makes a dramatic presentation, especially when cut into double chops for serving. When placing the racks in the roasting pan, set them so the bones are crossed at the top.

Ingredients:

2 racks of lamb ribs

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.

1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 Tbs. chopped fresh mint

1 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary

2 Tbs. Dijon mustard

2 Tbs. olive oil
Directions:
Season the racks of lamb with salt and pepper. Let them stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

In a seperate bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, parsley, mint, rosemary, salt and pepper.

Preheat an oven to 375°F.

Brush the meaty side of each lamb rack with 1 Tbs. mustard. Pack the bread crumb mixture onto the lamb

In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil until just smoking. Add the lamb racks, bread-crumb side down, and brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Place the racks, bread-crumb side up, in a pan transfer to the oven and roast until the crust is nicely browned. Take an instant-read thermometer and  insert into the thickest part of the meat, away from the bone.

Make sure the meat registers 130°F for medium-rare, 20 to 25 minutes, or until done to your liking.

Transfer the lamb to a carving board and let rest for 15 minutes.

Now carve and enjoy your Valentine’s Feast!!!

Let us know how your special dinner turned out below in the comments.

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6 Comments

  1. Bobby de Ortega
    February 14, 19:06 Reply
    Yvonne, What an amazing-looking meal! I'm thinking that I'll have to give this one a shot. Thanks for breaking it down.
  2. AnnAbbitz
    February 15, 22:29 Reply
    I agree with Bobby, Yvonne... This definitely sounds like an amazing meal that I will without a doubt be trying my hand at cooking sometime very soon. I never really considered adding Horseradish to potatoes simply because I just always assume that the overpowering taste and scent of the Horseradish would completely dominate the palate. The ingredients that go into the dish along with the Horseradish do seem like they'd balance the flavors and aromas perfectly. Awesome idea for a Valentine's Day feast for two!
  3. Chris
    February 16, 12:58 Reply
    Something like this would have really come in handy on a year like this one! My boyfriend always makes us reservations for Valentine's Day, but this year we were bombarded with a ton of snow so we had to have Valentine's dinner at home. This would have been a very welcome addition to our dinner - looks delicious!
  4. Aundie Donohue
    February 17, 20:09 Reply
    Good choice Mom, you make a mean rack of Lamb! I can't wait for you to make this when you return from Vacation :P
  5. craigbic
    February 23, 12:45 Reply
    As someone who has struggled with moving on in my life post-divorce, I have had many a hard Valentine's Day. A recipe this good would have been fantastic for me to eat myself and my sorrows away this past Feb 14th but as it turns out, I have learned that being with my four kids and getting support from them and in turn helping them achieve their dreams and aspirations is even better than having a significant other right now in my life. They got me through what turned out to be my easiest Valentine's Day ever. All that said, this dinner does look fantastic and I think I'll be trying it out. Thanks for the tip!
    • Chris
      February 25, 13:01 Reply
      I think it's fantastic that your kids are there for you and were able to support you on a day that otherwise could have been tough! Sometimes family members make the best "Valentine's". If and when you do try this recipe out I hope your kids are there to enjoy it with you :).

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