Palentine's Day

Here’s to pals. It’s Palentine’s Day.
Palentines Day Cheers
 

We’re coming up on the traditional Valentine’s Day this month, but this year we’re proposing something a little different if you’re up for it.

Love is a beautiful thing. And as it was once said, they are as many forms of love as there are moments in time. So this February 14th meet up for what we’re calling PALentine’s Day - a celebration of love with friends, family, ladies & gents, pets, single, married, co-workers - whomever you call a pal.

The idea here is no pressure. Don’t get me wrong, my love for late 80s hip hop tells me that sometimes it does in fact take two, but not always. Sometimes it takes three, four, or a whole village. We’ve got some recipes for you, so keep reading, get some pals together, spin some records, and talk about what’s good.

 

Palentines Day Truffle Fries Recipe Valentines Day
 

It's about to get fancy in here with
Oven Roasted Truffle Fries.

Ingredients:

3 pound bag russet potatoes

White truffle oil

Grated parmesan cheese

Salt & pepper to taste

Olive oil

About 6-7 wedged potatoes will easily feed four depending on your crowd.  Peel potatoes and soak in cold water for a half hour. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and then slice each half into ¼ inch thick wedges. It can be a rough cut, or if you like more uniformity use a mandolin or a food processor with a custom blade. It’s best to slice them about the same size so they cook evenly.

Preheat your oven to 400°F, and spread out the wedges on a large, non-stick cookie sheet. Pat dry so they absorb the seasonings. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt & pepper, and mix thoroughly with your hands. Make sure there is enough room for the wedges to lie flat on the pan to ensure uniform cooking.

 

Roast for about 30 minutes and turn the wedges so each one cooks evenly. Once they are fork tender, put under the broiler on high for 3-4 minutes (broilers vary so keep an eye on them) and cook until the fries are golden brown and crispy. Let cool for two minutes, drizzle with white truffle oil, and a dusting of grated parmesan cheese. Be sparing with the white truffle oil, it’s rich in flavor.

 
Palentines Day True Blue Sliders Recipe Valentines Day
 
 

Roses are red,
Sauteed Onion Sliders are Blue.

Ingredients:
2 pounds ground beef

Salt & pepper
2 eggs
Dry onion soup mix
1 large white onion (for sautéing)
2 packs King’s Hawaiian® rolls
Your favorite Bleu cheese (Stilton has lots of tang, Roquefort is milder)
Breadcrumbs (optional)
Decorative skewers for presentation (optional)

Mix two packs of dry onion soup in with the ground beef, season with salt and pepper, add two eggs. Hands work the best! If you find the mixture is too wet, sprinkle with breadcrumbs. The mix should yield 10-12 burgers. Form small burger patties that fit in the center of your hand. About 2 - 21/2 inches wide. They will shrink a bit when cooking. Cut the large onion in about ½ inch slices and cut those slices in half. You want long strips. Sautee over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until they are caramelized.

We used a cast iron griddle pan that fits across two burners on the stovetop, but use whatever pan you’d normally use to cook burgers. Cook them to your desired temp. Typically 3-4 minutes a side on medium heat will get you to medium rare. Let the burgers rest for 5 minutes after cooking, then top with sauteed onions and blue cheese. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar on top if you want to go to the next level.
 
Palentines Day Cake Red Velvet Madelines
 

These Madelines
Won't break your heart.

Madeleines are French tea cakes typically dipped in chocolate. For this recipe we used Red Velvet cake batter and vanilla buttercream frosting. Madeleine molds are available in full and mini sizes. We used a silicone mini mold version because it’s non stick and easy to clean.

Ingredients:
Madeleine pan

Red Velvet cake mix
Oil
Eggs
Vanilla buttercream frosting

Preheat oven to 325 F. Mix the batter according to the box instructions and fill up the Madeleine molds about three quarters of the way. Bake about 10 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and remove each cake. Using a butter knife or a rounded cheese knife, spread frosting on the flat side of the cake and sandwich with the flat side of another cake.

 

May you and your pals have a great Palentine's Day!

-Emily K.