Sweetheart Dinner (Part 1)
Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and the perfect time to have a romantic dinner at home. Restaurant’s are always packed on Vday and instead impress your significant other, girlfriend/boyfriend, or even your bestie with a decadent dinner of Clams and Linguine. It’ll be cheaper and you can go all out on a nice bottle of wine without spending a Benjamin. Take it up another notch and add some festive decorations to make the dinner feel extra special. Just look at these beautiful Valentine’s decorations from Bobee. I loved how they spruced up my table setting and made it feel festive for Valentine’s day.
A beautiful table setting deserves a special dinner, and this one is a show stopper! This is part 1 of the sweetheart dinner, and part 2 will be a decadent dessert that’s easy to whip together. For the Spicy Sausage and Clams Lingine, the dish is 5 ingredients and you don’t need to be a great cook to pull it off. Since there are very few ingredients, I highly recommend getting good quality ingredients. I’ll go through all the steps below to ensure you can execute this dish without a hitch and impress your dinner date!
Start by finding fresh clams, and ask how fresh they are. You can use either baby clams or little-neck clams, which I used. You’ll need 2 lbs of clams and be sure to wash them very well prior to cooking. The next main ingredient is the spicy sausage. I initially wanted to use a Mexican chorizo for this dish, but they didn’t have any at Whole Foods, so instead I purchased 2 links of their Green Chili Habanero Pork Sausage. I was concerned that the Habanero might be too spicy, but it was just the right kick!
Next, find a good white wine for the sauce, always choose a wine that you will drink. I picked up a Pinot Grigio from Argentina, and it paired delicious with the pasta dish. And finally for the linguine, try to find an artisanal pasta, the one I used was imported from Italy. Be sure not to over cook the pasta, refer to the package directions and taste a noodle a minute before the recommended time.
Ok, now you’re prepped to go out and forage for the ingredients. Since this is a special dinner, I would recommend shopping at a specialty store like Whole foods or AJ’s (here in AZ).
And don’t forget to order these beautiful Valentine’s day decorations from Bobee. Whether you’re having a special dinner, or a Galentines’ day party, the decor will make it look extra special and festive! Now print the recipe below, go shopping, put on some music, decorate, and get cooking!
I promise you can do it! Stay tuned for Part 2, Dessert! xoxo- Renee