For the past two weeks, we’ve posted ideas to help anyone, even in the most precarious of situations, have a great Valentine’s Day meal. Ranging from the dieters to the budgeters, we’ve created simple recipes and great meal plans. Here is a guide from everything you need for any special event from drinks, to desserts, to cooking tips.
Today is all about inspired ideas.
A good rule to live by, especially if you’re not a sommelier (wine expert), is to pair basic types of meats with certain wines.
Lean Cut: Light or medium bodied red wine
Example: Zinfandel, Cabernet, or Merlot
Fatty Cut: Bold reds
Example: Petite Sirah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon
Kid’s choice: Root beer
When pairing with pork it depends on how the pork is cooked. But staying with a sweeter wine is a good rule to follow for a perfect pairing.
White: Pinot Grigio
Kid’s choice: Apple cider
White meat: Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay
Dark meat: Pinot Noir or Zinfandel
Kid’s choice: Sparkling cider (Martinelli’s)
Salmon: Red wine, such as, Pinot Noir
White fish, oysters, and other shell fish: White wine, such as, sparkling wine or Sauvignon Blanc
Kid’s choice: Pellegrino with lemon and mint
There’s something about Valentine’s dinner that says meat. Whether you make beef, pork, or chicken, meat is the way to go when cooking a romantic meal. Here is an internal temperature guide for all the classic Valentine’s dinner meats.