(Close enough to) Valentine’s Day Dinner

I can’t remember the last time it was just Jasper & me for dinner. It seems someone’s always stopping by or we are meeting folks out at a restaurant or evening classes & projects turn dinner into a mere quick snack… it’s been a while since it was just us; for a nice, sit-down dinner at home. Last night – we made it happen (dessert & all!). Dinner & a movie. At home. It felt kinda romantic. This is what we had…

All recipes are enough for 2. (Except the cake.)

Blackberry Sage Roasted Chicken

The chicken is slow roasted which results in a juicy, tender, & savory main course. The slightly sweet & tangy Blackberry Sage Glaze is basted over the chicken throughout bake time and really brings an unexpected, yummy flavor.

2 bone-in chicken breasts

salt & pepper

2 Tbs. blackberry jam

2 Tbs. white wine

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. honey

1 tsp worcestershire

1 1/2 tsp. sage

2 cloves garlic, minced

Season chicken breast with salt & pepper. Place in baking dish.

Whisk remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over chicken. Cover dish.

Bake in 375 oven for 45 min. Halfway through baking time, baste chicken with sauce from bottom of baking dish. Uncover and bake 15 min. longer to brown chicken.

Balsamic Roasted Potatoes

I love balsamic vinegar on anything! These potatoes were so delicious; and without an ounce of fat!

3/4 lb. new potatoes, halved or quartered if large

1/2 cup chicken stock

2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar

4 garlic cloves, smashed

3 sprigs thyme

coarse salt & pepper

Combine potatoes, broth, vinegar, garlic, & thyme. Season with salt & pepper.

Bake until tender & liquid is reduced to a glaze, about 1 hour. (Toss a few times during bake time to coat potatoes).

Creamy Roasted Broccoli

There is something so wonderfully rustic about roasted vegetables. It brings a whole new flavor to a vegetable that is accustomed to only a steam. The cream is reduced down & infused with garlic & orange peel and, when added to the roasted broccoli, it really brings new life to the tired, old broccoli side-dish.

1 stalk fresh broccoli, florets trimmed off stalk

2 Tbs. olive oil

1 tsp orange zest

juice from 1/2 and orange

salt & pepper

3/4 cup heavy cream

2 large garlic cloves, smashed

Toss broccoli florets (reserve a few florets), orange juice, s&p, & oil together. Lay out in single layer on baking sheet.

Roast for 10 minutes in 400 oven.

Combine cream, garlic, & reserved broccoli florets in small pan. Cook on medium heat until reduced by half. Blend mixture using an immersion blender or potato masher.

Add roasted broccoli into cream & serve warm.

Recipe adapted from Claire Robinson

Hot Fudge Brownie Cake

This gooey brownie cake makes it’s own hot fudge sauce . It’s practically begging for a scoop of ice cream!

for cake:

1 cup flour

2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk, room temperature

3 Tbs. oil

1 tsp. vanilla

for ‘hot fudge’:

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 1/2 cups boiling water

Preheat oven to 350. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and sugar in large bowl; stir in milk, oil, and vanilla. Spread batter into a greased 8″ square pan.

Combine brown sugar, white sugar, and cocoa in small bowl. Sprinkle over batter in pan. Gently drizzle (with a spoon) 1 1/2 cups boiling water over batter, being careful not to disturb layers. (Do not stir).

Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until cake layer forms on top and springs back when touched. Serve warm.


6 Responses to “(Close enough to) Valentine’s Day Dinner”

  1. tonya (mom) Says:

    ok know your tired of me commenting..but…looks wonderful and just so they all know..every dessert autumn eats is beggin for a scoop of ice cream!

  2. Shaharra Says:

    2 questions: What kind of white wine do you cook with and what temp do you roast your potatoes?

  3. Italian Stuffed Chicken & Scalloped Potatoes « The Grateful Spread Says:

    […] This chicken has it’s own little side dish underneath it’s skin! I paired it with scalloped potatoes here, but would be also be wonderful with Creamy Roasted Broccoli. […]

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