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Spicy & Sensual Valentine's Day Recipes

Romantic Recipes from the Thai Kitchen

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Whether you're cooking for your mate this Valentine's Day, or for that new special someone in your life, these romantic Thai recipes are both sensual and beautiful to serve. With its exquisite mingling of flavors and textures, as well as its spicy overtones, Thai makes for the ultimate romantic dinner.  (In fact, Thai cuisine was recently voted as the number one choice for couples on their first dinner date.) Enjoy!

1. Mussels in Coconut-Basil Sauce

Thai Mussels
D.Schmidt

This Thai mussel recipe makes an incredible appetizer, or add a salad and enjoy it as the main course. Fresh mussels are steamed in white wine, then briefly simmered in a basil and coconut sauce. The dish is finished off with a sprinkling of coriander, chilies (optional) and more basil for a seafood dish that is easy to make but tastes truly gourmet! Excellent as a romantic tapas for you, especially when served with your favorite wine.

2. Mussels in a Thai Curry Sauce (Easy!)

Thai Curried Mussels
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 09/02/10

These Thai Mussels make a beautiful gourmet-style dinner, and they're easy to make too! The curry sauce is created right in the pan, so you don't need to bother with curry paste or even a food processor. If your mussels are already clean and ready to go, this dish can literally be on your table in just minutes. The spice level can be adjusted to your liking, so you can enjoy your mussels as spicy-hot or mild as you like. Pair with your favorite wine or dinner drink, and enjoy!

3. Sensuous Thai Rose Petal Salad (with Chicken or Vegetarian)

Thai Rose Petal Salad
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, About.com Corp.

This beautiful salad says romance with every bite. Roses are one of the most luxurious and delicious of edible flowers, and they're what gives this dish its wow factor. At the same time, it's an easy salad to put together. Serve as an appetizer or the main course. Chicken and shrimp provide adequate protein, while cucumber, spring onions, and fresh Thai herbs provide lots of greens. Star fruit adds a final touch of flavor, texture, and beauty to this most exquisitely romantic of salad recipes! (Note: this salad can also be made vegetarian - see recipe for link.)

4. Pan-Seared Scallops

Pan-Seared Scallops
D.Schmidt

This scallop recipe is surprisingly easy to make - the cooking time is literally 10 minutes! And the results? If you like seafood, you're going to fall in love with these melt-in-your-mouth scallops, as well as the sumptuously simple sauce that accompanies them. Great for serving at a dinner party as an appetizer, and especially nice as a romantic tapas for two. Enjoy!

5. Flavorful Thai Lettuce Wraps with Shrimp

Mini Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 12/03/09
These bite-size wraps are just perfect with a nice glass of wine or a cocktail. Each mini wrap provides a burst of Thai flavors that are meant to hit different parts of the palate all at once. Based on the traditional Thai appetizer, this fresh Thai appetizer is sure to be a hit with Thai food fans, or anyone who has an adventurous spirit for spicy and flavorful foods.

6. A Bouquet of Thai Fresh Rolls

Thai Fresh Rolls - a bouquet!
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 13/11/09

Instead of buying your loved one flowers, make up a bouquet of these beautiful Thai fresh rolls! Includes a recipe for homemade peanut sauce (not made with peanut butter, but real peanuts). These fresh rolls are delicious and fun to eat. ENJOY!

7. Thai Crab Cakes

Thai Crab Cakes
D.Schmidt
These easy-to-make crab cakes are guaranteed to melt in your mouth! Your loved one will definitely be wowed by how deliciously moist they are - not be mention imbued with wonderful Thai flavors. This crab cake recipe makes an elegant appetizer or entree to serve on special occasions, but is also easy enough to cook up as an everyday treat. Just follow the simple instructions and learn how to make the best crab cakes you've ever tried!

8. Beautiful Thai Shrimp Curry

Thai Shrimp Coconut Curry
Darlene A. Schmidt

This Thai Shrimp Coconut Curry is beautiful and tastes like you're dining on a Thai beach!  Chunks of pineapple are simmered together with succulent shrimp in a coconut curry, then topped with dry toasted coconut for the ultimate in exotic taste.  Serve this dish on Valentine's Day, and your sweetheart with fall in love with you all over again!  

9. Easy Lemon Baked Chicken

Lemon Chicken
D.Schmidt

This Lemon Baked Chicken turns out just beautiful! - golden-delicious and fall-off-the-bone tender.  And it's very easy to make.  This fool-proof recipe will have your sweetheart falling in love with you all over again! 

10. Fillet of Fish Baked in a Basil-Coconut Sauce

Fish in Banana Leaf
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 12/15/08

Your loved one with sure to be impressed with this gourmet-style Thai fish!  Slathered in a fragrant basil curry sauce, a fish fillet of your choice is then wrapped in banana leaves (OR tin foil/parchment paper) and baked in the oven. Coconut rice makes an excellent optional accompaniment (see recipe link in this list), or serve with regular rice or potatoes.

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