Valentine’s Day is coming up, and what better way to impress your date than with a romantic dinner cooked on the grill? Grilling and smoking not only add unique and delicious flavors to your food, but they can also add a touch of romance and flair to your cooking. So, if you’re looking to wow your date this Valentine’s Day, here are some mouth-watering recipes that are sure to impress.
Grilled Lobster Tails
Lobster is often seen as a fancy and indulgent dish, making it the perfect choice for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Grilling lobster tails adds a delicious smoky flavor to this luxurious seafood. Start by cutting the tails in half lengthwise and rubbing them with a mixture of melted butter, garlic, and herbs. Grill for about 5-7 minutes per side, until the lobster is cooked through and the meat is opaque. Serve with lemon wedges and melted butter for dipping.
Smoked Filet Mignon
For a decadent and impressive main course, try smoking a filet mignon on the grill. Start by seasoning the steak with Cuban Dust. Then, preheat your grill to high heat and place the steak on the grill. Let it sear for a few minutes before flipping and placing a handful of wood chips on the coals or in a smoker box for a smoky flavor. Cook the filet until it reaches your desired level of doneness. Serve with a side of grilled vegetables (with Cubama White Truffle Sauce as a dipping sauce) and a glass of red wine for the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner.
Grilled Mojo Shrimp Skewers
Shrimp is a versatile ingredient that can be easily grilled for a quick and delicious appetizer or main course. Marinate some shrimp in 90 Miles to Mojo Marinade for at least 30 minutes. Skewer the shrimp onto wooden or metal skewers and grill for about 2-3 minutes per side, until they turn pink and are slightly charred. Serve with a side of grilled vegetables and a fresh salad for a light and flavorful meal.
Smoked Maple Glazed Salmon
Salmon is an elegant and healthy choice for a Valentine’s Day dinner. The smoky flavors from the grill and the sweet and tangy maple glaze make this dish irresistible. Start by marinating the salmon in a mixture of maple syrup, soy sauce, and garlic. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and place the salmon on the grill, skin side down. Let it cook for about 5-6 minutes before flipping and brushing with more maple glaze. Cook for an additional 5-6 minutes, until the salmon flakes easily with a fork. Serve with a side of grilled vegetables and rice for a well-rounded meal.
For a sweet and unique dessert, try grilling strawberries. Simply skewer fresh strawberries and place them on a grill that has been preheated to medium-low heat. Let them cook for 2-3 minutes until the strawberries are slightly softened. Drizzle with chocolate and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a decadent and romantic dessert.
No matter which recipe you choose, grilling and smoking are sure to add a touch of love and passion to your Valentine’s Day dinner. The smoky flavors and unique cooking techniques will impress your date and create a memorable dining experience. So, fire up the grill and get ready to wow your loved one with a delicious and romantic meal. Happy Valentine’s Day!