Restaurants are impossible on Valentine's Day, and you'll probably both be happier with something homemade. (Your wallet certainly will be.)
This year, treat your valentine to an Italian-inspired meal and skip the crowds. Better yet, leave these recipes somewhere obvious and maybe they'll cook dinner for you instead!
We've scaled the recipes to about 4 servings, rather than 2,
to allow for seconds or leftovers...enjoy!
These sweet little bites were shared with us by Emily Plotnick of West Linn, Oregon. They're special enough for any celebration and they appear in our cookbook, 101 Homestyle Favorites.
9-inch pie crust
1/3 c. whipping cream
2 1-oz. sqs. semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped
1-oz. sq. sweet baking chocolate, chopped
Garnish: whipped cream, raspberries
On a floured surface, roll out pie crust to 1/8-inch thick. Cut out 12 circles with a 2-3/4 inch round biscuit cutter. Fit carefully into lightly greased mini muffin cups, pressing edges against rims and crimping with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes, until set and golden. Cool. In a heavy saucepan, bring cream just to simmering over medium heat. Remove from heat; add chocolates and let stand 2 minutes. Whisk until melted; transfer to a medium bowl. Cover and chill for one hour. Beat chocolate mixture with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. Spoon into baked crusts; chill. At serving time, garnish with dollops of whipped cream and raspberries. Serves 4.