Elegant Valentine’s Dinner for 2

Chef Lawntz Vernon of our Edmonton South store shares his recipe for a dinner for two.

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Ingredients:
1 box frozen patty shells/pastry
12 asparagus spears
Salt
Pepper
Oil
3 tablespoons butter
20—34/38 raw shrimp, tails removed
“Old Bay” Seasoning
1 cup flour
½ cup 18% cream
120 gram crab meat fresh, frozen or canned
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Method:
Using your “delay start” setting on your oven, set it to turn on to 350oF (or whatever the default temperature is for your oven’s delay start) a half hour before you arrive home.

Bake 4 patty shells according to directions on box.

Place asparagus on pan then oil and season. Once the shells are done baking, broil the asparagus for 3 minutes on the 3rd rack from the top of oven.

Melt butter in a sauté pan on medium high setting.

Season shrimp with Old Bay seasoning then dredge in flour. Sauté shrimp in the pan for 2 minutes. Add cream and crab and simmer for two more 2 minutes. Add lemon juice then taste and adjust seasoning to your liking. Set the burner to simmer/low.

Place the broiled asparagus on 2 plates. Place shells on plates, spoon in shrimp and crab filling evenly in shells and place pastry lid back on the shell.

And for Dessert…..

13 Feb Strawberry FoolIn a stemmed wine glass, layer the following ingredients (listed from bottom to top)

3 tablespoons custard, pudding or yogurt (vanilla or berry flavour)

3 tablespoons sliced sweetened strawberries

1 large dollop fresh whipped cream

And repeat! Spoon strawberries over last dollop of whipped cream. Serve chilled.

Enjoy!

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