Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Romantic Valentine's Day Dessert: Seductive Strawberry Zabaglione

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OK, guys. I know you've been checking out my Super Bowl recipes. Now that Super Bowl Sunday is over, get ready for the second biggest Sunday of the year: Sunday, February 14th, Valentine's Day. Don't panic. I've got ya covered.

Whether you surprise her with reservations at her favorite restaurant or make a romantic dinner for two at home, you've got to make her Seductive Strawberry Zabaglione for dessert. Red, ripe strawberries, velvety custard, and sweet Italian wine are so sexy.

I developed this recipe with men in mind because it's easy to make, allows you to flex some muscle, which will impress her, and makes an elegant presentation. Think of it as your minimal-effort dessert with maximum sex appeal. Though I wouldn't carry that thinking into the bedroom. I'm just saying.

Seductive Strawberry Zabaglione (zah-habl-YOH-nay)
Makes 2 servings
Print recipe only here.

You can subsitiute champagne for the Marsala wine if you think it's more romantic, but the Marsala's flavor is fuller and sexier. You can also substitute raspberries if you prefer.

2 martini glasses
10-12 fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons sweet Marsala wine

1. Divide sliced strawberries evenly among two martini glasses. Set aside.

2. In a large metal or glass bowl, vigorously whisk 2 large egg yolks, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 2 tablespoons sweet Marsala wine until combined. Place the bowl over a saucepan filled with 1-2 inches of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Continue to whisk until doubled in volume and thick, about 4-5 minutes. Spoon over berries. Garnish with fresh mint and serve.

You might also enjoy these easy yet romantic desserts from Food Blogga: 
Easy Chocolate Ginger Truffles
Dessert Risotto with Wine-Poached Figs
Quick Chocolate-Cinnamon Mousse with Cherries
Mini Custards with Limoncello-Spiked Raspberry Sauce

You might also enjoy these Valentine's Day desserts:
Strawberry Tart recipe at Cafe Fernando
Mini Red Velvet Cheesecake recipe at Slash Food
Limoncello Tiramisu recipe at Proud Italian Cook
Chocolate Nutella Molten Lava Cake recipe at bell'alimento

The most important part of Valentine's Day is dessert, but here are some Valentine's Day dinner ideas too:  

Camembert and Kumquat Chutney Toasts
Fig, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Crostini 
Roasted Pepper, Olive, and Brie Bruschetta
Apple, Fennel, and Celery Salad
Sicilian Salad of Fennel, Oranges, and Olives
Wild Arugula and Blood Orange Salad with Prosciutto

Roasted Asparagus with Breadcrumbs and Parmesan
Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Chives and Thyme
Roasted Kabocha Squash with an Orange Honey Glaze
Roasted Root Vegetables with Maple Sage Glaze
Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate Glaze
Roasted Acorn Squash with Medjool Dates and Toasted Almonds

Lobster Fra Diavolo
Lobster Risotto plus a tutorial on how to make risotto.
Tagliatelle with Pan Seared Shrimp and Fennel
Pasta Shells in Creamy Saffron Sauce with Shrimp and Peas
Orange and Ginger Glazed Planked Salmon
Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Fresh Pineapple Chutney
Kona Kampachi with Meyer Lemon-Thyme Butter
Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Kumquats
Grilled Rib Eye with Chimichurri Sauce
Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry-Mango Salsa
Pork Tenderloin with Indian Spiced Cherry and Rhubarb Chutney
Fiery Shrimp with Avocado-Pomegranate-Tangerine Salsa served over Soft Polenta
Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) on Crispy Polenta with a Rosemary-Goat Cheese Sauce