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Create a Romantic Spanish Menu on Valentine's Day

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Create a romantic Spanish dinner on Valentine's Day with these easy recipes and you'll have more time to sit and enjoy a glass of bubbly Spanish cava with your sweetie! Langostinos with Pink Sauce for starters, then Mixed Green Salad. Choose either Spanish Steak and Three Cheese Pie or lean Pork Loin Madrilene and Paprika Potatoes. End with Spanish turron or coffee flan with a glass of "cava." This menu is sure to make a memorable evening.

If you and your Valentine are going out to eat, start the evening off with a glass of Spanish cava and Langostinos with Pink Sauce. Or, end the evening back home with rich and creamy Spanish turron and cava in front of the fire.

Langostinos Cocidos - Boiled Prawns with Salsa Rosa

Langostinos Cocidos - Boiled Prawns (c)
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"Langostinos" are a very large shrimp or prawns that are often simply boiled whole and chilled. They are then served by themselves on a plate or with “salsa rosa.” To be as flavorful as possible, they should be cooked with the shell and head on. In Spain, they are sold in grocery stores everywhere with the head on. In the USA, if your local supermarket does not sell them with the head on, ask them to order them for you.

Spanish Mixed Green Salad Recipe - Ensalada Mixta

Spanish Mixed Green Salad Recipe - Ensalada Mixta (c)
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In Spain, a green salad is almost always on the table at mealtime. When dining out at a restaurant or perhaps preparing a special meal at home, an "ensalada mixta" or a colorful, mixed green salad is served on a large platter in the center of the table. This salad usually includes a mix of ingredients that Americans may find surprising, such as olives, tuna and white asparagus, as well as tomatoes and onions. Easy to prepare, this is sure to impress your sweetheart.

Spanish Steak and Three Cheese Pie Recipe - Empanada de Ternera y Tres Quesos

Steak, Onion and Cheese Empanada - Empanada de Ternera, Cebolla y Quesos
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This large pie or empanada is filled with small pieces of steak, caramelized onions, and tangy, gooey cheeses. The traditional, rustic pie crust has been replaced with a light, flaky puff pastry crust. It's simple, and takes less than an hour to prepare.

Pork chops a la Madrilene Recipe - Chuletas de cerdo a la Madrilena

Pork Chops a la Madriline - Chuletas de Cerdo a la Madrilena (c)
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"Chuletas de cerdo a la Madrilena," as the name implies is from Madrid, Spain. It is an easy and quick recipe, prepared in about 30 minutes. Paprika, onions and garlic smother pork chops. Served with paprika roast potatoes, it is a delicious Spanish dish. If prepared with boneless pork loin chops, it's a lean and healthy choice.

Roasted Paprika Potatoes Recipe – Patatas con Pimenton

Roasted potatoes combined with paprika are the perfect complement to a Spanish meal. Using a microwave to speed up roasting time, you can cook up these potatoes in less than a half hour. Now that's quick and easy!

Turrón - Spanish Almond Candy

Varieties of Spanish Turron - Spanish Almond Nougat Candy (c)
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No cooking on this dessert. Turrón is a very old, traditional sweet of Moorish (Arabic) origin. There are two traditional basic types of turrón. Soft Jijona or "turrón blando," which is so smooth it has the consistency of peanut butter and hard Alicante or "turrón duro," which is like a thick almond nougat candy, similar to peanut brittle. Your local gourmet food store probably stocks turrón at Christmas, but if they don't, visit an internet retailer.

Easy Coffee Flan - Flan de Cafe

Coffee Flan - Flan de Cafe (c)
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This easy flan recipe is a variation on the classic Spanish vanilla custard called "flan" in Spanish. Espresso coffee gives this flan a wonderfully rich flavor, making it a perfect dessert for a special occasion.

Cava - Spanish Sparkling Wine

Spanish Cava & Sweets (c)
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Champagne was the first sparkling wine and it is the most famous. Only wines made in the Champagne region of France may be called Champagne. Spain produces many fine sparkling wines, called cava after the cellars in which the wine is produced. These wines are made in the “méthode champenoise” or “Champagne method,” which is the same method that is used to make Champagne.

There are hundreds of sparkling wine producers in the area south of Barcelona called Penedés. The other sparkling wine producer which comes to mind immediately is Freixenet, pronounced “fresh-eh-net.” Its’ “cordon negro” product, a cava in a matte black bottle with gold writing. Spanish "cava" is widely available in stores around Europe and USA.
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