Skip the crowded restaurant this year, and make your own cozy Valentine's Day dinner at home.
This menu makes clever use of readily available ingredients:
Wonton wrappers stand in for homemade pasta, and a whole chicken is used not just for the main course but also for the pasta filling and a flavorful stock. The spinach is ready in minutes.
For dessert, whip up individual Pavlovas, cloudlike meringues tinted raspberry pink and topped with berry curd and cream.
1. Appetizer: Stuffed-Noodle Soup
This recipe makes four ravioli, but you can serve the soup with one or two in each bowl. If you don't have time to make the stock and ravioli, substitute 4 cups low-sodium store-bought chicken stock and fresh ravioli and start at step 8. Read more
2. Main: Radicchio and Mushroom Chicken Roulade
If you aren't using a whole chicken for the Stuffed-Noodle Soup or if you are serving the roulade without the soup, you can use two boneless, skinless chicken breast halves and low-sodium store-bought chicken stock. Ask your butcher for a chicken liver. Read more
3. Side: Simple Steamed Spinach
This simple side dish works well alongside Radicchio and Mushroom Roulade. Read more
4. Dessert: Raspberry-Cream Pavlovas
This dessert is perfect for a pair or for a dinner party. Unfilled Pavlovas can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to two days, and any leftovers can be assembled just before serving. Raspberry curd will keep for up to a day in the refrigerator. Read more