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Italian Valentine’s Dinner

This four-course meal will transport you to the Mediterranean, no passport required. Buon appetito!


Signature drink: Pomegranate-Ginger Prosecco Cocktails
Kick things off right with a tart, refreshing cocktail made with ginger simple syrup, fresh pomegranates, gin and Italy’s famous sparkling white wine: prosecco.


Appetizer: Parmesan Grissini
Sure, you can find grissini—thin crunchy oven-baked breadsticks from Northern Italy—pre-packaged in most grocery stores, but Valentine’s Day dinner is the perfect time to try your hand at our surprisingly simple homemade version.


Salad: Italian Mixed Salad
Basic mixed greens get a Mediterranean upgrade with imported prosciutto, peppery arugula, radicchio, creamy Gorgonzola, spicy pepperoncini peppers—and finished with a bright red wine vinaigrette.


Side: Pasta Puttanesca
A quick and easy side that will be on the table in just 15 minutes, pasta puttanesca—a classic South Italian dish—is bold and hearty, thanks to tomatoes, olive oil, capers, olives and garlic.


Main course: Pan Seared Parmesan Scallops
Elegant to plate and simple to make, pan-seared scallops are the perfect main course for a romantic dinner at home for two—especially for those looking for more surf than turf.


Dessert: Tiramisu
When in Rome… One of our most popular dessert recipes, this classic tiramisu does right by the original; ladyfingers are soaked with espresso and rum, piled high with a creamy sweet filling and finished with a dusting of cocoa.


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LinnieJean said: Posted: 1/23/2013 9:45 PM
Now this is my kind of valentine's day... this is gorgeous and I am sure I'll be making this!
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