What’s for dinner on Valentine’s Day? For those who like eat in, here are a few inspirational recipes.
If you’re cooking to impress and are not intimidated by a classic dish, our Tournedos Rossini offers a trifecta of flavors: filet mignon, foie gras, black truffle. Surprisingly simple and totally decadent.
Named for the composer Rossini and created by one or another of the famous chefs of the nineteenth century. Was it Carême? Escoffier? Or Dugléré? Whoever was responsible, we thank him.
Craving steak? Is the Rossini version is just a little outside your comfort zone? Try this rib-eye à la Marcus Samuelsson, served with greens and root vegetable mash. It’s earthy and fitting for the time of year.
To duck aficionados any occasion is the right one for duck steak – which is what we call the duck magret. Simply seared and dressed with a pan sauce, this recipe is a D’Artagnan classic. It’s also quick to make, which leaves more time for conversation and wine drinking.
Love birds? Try serving a whole poussin for each diner. These tasty and tender little birds are divine when simply roasted and served with beautiful Champagne grapes.
Our veal chops make for an elegant plate. Especially when pan seared and served with paprika and cream sauce. This is an adaptation of an historic recipe, and is actually an easy one, thanks to Deana Sidney.
Rack of lamb is not your ordinary fare. Make the most of it with this succulent recipe from Ariane Duarte, which involves rosemary crumbs and a hot oven. It’s a classic that serves in any season.
Now that the main course is taken care of, you just have to consider dessert. Look to our next post for some decidedly different recipes to finish the meal.
The origins of this dish can be traced back to the relationship between legendary chef Marie-Antoine Carême and the composer Rossini, a known gourmand. Evidently Rossini insisted on the dish being prepared tableside so he could micromanage its creation, and when the chef objected to the interference, Rossini said, “So, turn your back.” Whether that is true or not, this recipe bears his name, and it is as decadent, rich and satisfying today as it was when Rossini demanded it his way. Though it’s fairly easy to make, the ingredients are luxurious enough to make this a special-occasion meal. INGREDIENTS
PREPARATION 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter 2 large ramekins. Cover the bottom of each ramekin with potato slices, brush with softened truffle butter and add another layer of potato. Repeat until all potatoes are used. Weigh down each potato cake with a smaller ramekin, then bake in the oven until edges are crisp and the center is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Using an offset spatula, remove potato cakes to paper toweling. 2. In a small bowl, combine the demi-glace, truffle juice and chopped truffles, set aside. 3. Season filets with salt & pepper. In a large skillet over medium heat. Melt the duck fat in a large skillet over medium-high flame. Sear the filets until desired doneness, about 5 minutes each side for medium-rare. Remove to a cutting board to rest, tent with foil to keep warm. 4. Discard all fat from the skillet. While the pan is still hot, add the Madeira, scraping up all the beefy bits on the bottom. Add the demi-glace mixture, cook until reduced, then remove from heat and stir in the truffle butter. Taste for seasoning and add salt & pepper, if necessary. Keep warm. 5. Heat a small, dry skillet over high flame. When hot, sear the foie gras slices until golden brown, about 60 seconds on each side. Remove to paper toweling. 6. On each of two plates, place the potato cake in the center and top with the filet mignon then foie gras. Spoon the sauce over and around. Top with freshly shaved truffle.