Shaved Vegetable Salad, Pressure Cooker Lamb, and Mushroom Risotto

A Valentine’s Day Dinner to Impress

As discussed in my Valentine’s Day Dinner on a Budget recipe, I’m not one for dining out on this “holiday”. Don’t get me wrong, I love restaurants and I love love, but I definitely do not love spending an outrageous amount of money for an overcharged set menu just because it happens to be a specific day in the middle of February. As a person who likes to peruse a menu, try a few things, make a shit-ton of substitutions, and split as much as possible, prefix and I don’t work to well. However, even in the walls of our own dining room (who am I kidding, we live in NY, it’s all one room), sometimes you want to ball out like you’re at a restaurant. That my friends, is why I’ve created this recipe. This Valentine’s Day Dinner to Impress will have your date (or friend, or family member, or, hell, yourself) feeling like you’ve stepped into the fine dining of one of your favorite NY restaurants. The best part? You don’t need the culinary background those chefs have. Win, win!

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Ingredients (serves 4 – use for leftovers or have a double date!):

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  • Sliced prosciutto (1 4oz pack)
  • Sliced salami (1 4oz pack)
  • Crackers (1 box)
  • Kalamata olives (2 cups)
  • Almonds (1 cup)
  • Brie (1 chunk)
  • Cheddar (1 chunk)

Shaved Fennel, Brussel Sprout, and Grapefruit Salad:

  • Fennel bulbs (2)
  • Brussel sprouts (2 cups) IMG_2347.jpg
  • Grapefruit (1)
  • Goat cheese (1/4 cup)
  • Olive oil (1/4 cup)
  • Hazelnuts (1/2 cup)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

 Pressure Cooker Lamb:

  • Lamb neck (3lbs) or shank (3)
  • Red wine (1/4 cup)
  • Chicken broth (4 cups)
  • Crushed tomatoes (1 28oz can)
  • Avocado oil (1 tablespoon)
  • Oregano (1 teaspoon)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Risotto:

  • Chopped mushrooms (1 ½ cups) IMG_2353.jpg
  • White rice (1 ½ cups)
  • Butter (4 tablespoons)
  • Ricotta (1 tablespoon)
  • Shaved parmesan (1/2 cup)
  • Avocado oil (2 tablespoons)
  • White wine (1/2 cup)
  • Chicken broth (4 cups)
  • Sage (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Rosemary (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Oregano (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

Shaved Fennel, Brussel Sprout, and Grapefruit Salad:

  1. Using a mandolin, slice the fennel bulb and set aside
  2. Chop off the stem of the brussel sprouts and place them in a food processor on high for a few pulses, or until they are finely chopped, then set aside
  3. Peel the grapefruit and chop into ¼ inch pieces
  4. Using the side of your knife and the pressure of your hand, or a food processor, crush the hazelnuts into smaller pieces
  5. Combine the fennel, brussel sprouts, grapefruit, and hazelnuts into a bowl and mix with ¼ cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper
  6. Crumble the goat cheese and sprinkle on top of the salad

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Pressure Cooker Lamb:

  1. Season the lamb with ½ teaspoon of oregano and salt & pepper
  2. Place the pressure cooker on sauté mode and add 1 tablespoon of avocado oil
  3. Once hot, place the lamb inside and sauté on all sides for ~5 minutes each side, or until it has formed a nice sear
  4. Remove the lamb and turn off the pressure cooker
  5. Add the ½ cup of red wine and, using a wooden spoon, scrape off all of the remaining bits on the bottom of the pot
  6. Place the lamb back in the pressure cooker and pour in the chicken broth and crushed tomatoes and season with an additional ½ teaspoon of oregano and salt & pepper
  7. Close the pressure cooker lid and place on manual high pressure for 40 minutes
  8. Once the lamb is finished cooking, set aside the liquid from the pressure cooker and shred the lamb, using two forks
  9. Place the shredded lamb in a serving platter with 1 cup of the liquid from the pressure cooker to keep it moist

 Risotto:

  1. Wash and chop the mushrooms into ½ inch pieces
  2. In a pot, bring the 4 cups of chicken broth to a simmer and leave on low heat
  3. In a skillet, sauté the mushrooms, with 1 tablespoon of avocado oil, for ~5-10 minutes, or until they begin to sweat
  4. Remove the mushrooms and its juices from the skillet and set aside
  5. In that same skillet, add 1 tablespoon of avocado oil and the 1 ½ cups of white rice and stir, with a wooden spoon, for ~5 minutes, or until the rice is translucent
  6. Once the rice is a clearer consistency, pour in the ½ cup of white wine and stir
  7. Once the wine is absorbed, add in ½ cup of the hot chicken broth and stir, until the liquid is absorbed
  8. Continue step 7 until you have added in all of the chicken broth – going ½ cup at a time and only adding more once it is absorbed
  9. Once all of the broth has been absorbed, add in the 1 tablespoon of ricotta, ½ cup of shaved parmesan, and 2 tablespoons of butter and mix until it has all melted and been evenly distributed
  10. Fold back in the mushrooms, with its juices
  11. Season with the sage, rosemary, oregano, and salt & pepper

Allergen Information:

  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free

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