A Romantic Dinner for Two
Cheese Puffs - a bit of a spicy to way to introduce a rather sweet meal. Nice mix. Or there is always cheese fondue if you prefer an all-evening event!
|1.||In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeno peppers, garlic and green onions.|
|2.||Fill wonton wrappers with approximately 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture each. Fold wrappers into triangles and press the edges with a moistened fork to seal.|
|3.||In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat. Drop 4 wontons at a time into the oil and quickly fry, turning once. Remove when golden brown and drain on paper towels.|
Cornish Game Hens for Two
|1.||Prepare dry bread stuffing mix according to package directions. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).|
|2.||Using fingers, separate the skin and meat of the Cornish game hens, and rub 1 tablespoon seasoning salt into the meat of each hen. Rub remaining seasoning salt into the cavities of the hens. Stuff each cavity with about 1 1/2 cups prepared stuffing. Sprinkle hens with lemon juice and approx. 1 tbsp of rosemary, each.|
|3.||Place hens and green beans in an oven bag. Bake 90 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear.|
|4.||Drain hen drippings into a medium saucepan. Over medium heat, stir in flour until bubbly. Gradually mix in chicken broth. Stirring occasionally, cook until a thick gravy has formed.|
An alternate stuffing would be a mixture of cooked (cooled) long-grained white rice, finely chopped dried apricots, raisins, pecans or almonds and 1/4 c of chicken broth. Best served with either green beans or asparagus. Should be served without gravy.
Strawberries for a light, sweet finish to a perfect meal.
|In a medium bowl, stir together the sour cream, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream. Gradually stir in the orange liqueur. Divide the berries between two parfait glasses, and spoon the cream mixture over them. Garnish with mint leaves and shaved chocolate.|
Note: If you are looking for a more substantial dessert, or one for a picnic atmosphere, why not serve Old- Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake? Just modify to serve on individual biscuits or on little individual flans. You can even briefly flambe using a bit of the Grand Marnier (orange liqueur).