Van and I started making our Valentines dinner a few years ago, instead of going out. We choose to go this route because we believe that for the most part Valentines menus are:
- Extremely overpriced and not necessarily that tasty
- Everyone and their mother goes out to eat on Valentines Day
- Because everyone is out, oftentimes the service is lacking
Van uses the Suzanne Goin recipe, from Sunday Supper at Lucques. She is a truly incredible chef, and has 4 restaurants in Los Angeles: A.O.C., Lucques (I have been to these two), Tavern and The Hungry Cat. She also has a few cookbooks, you know how I love wikipedia, so find her profile here.
Anyways, shrimp romesco is a Spanish dish that is basically shrimp (duh) with a romesco sauce, which is: fried bread, canned tomatoes, hazelnuts, almonds, chile arbol, garlic, lemon juice, red vinegar and LOTS and LOTS of olive oil, (almost an entire bottle!)
Once pulverized, (how many times can I use that word?!) the ingredients resemble a reddish pesto-like sauce.
Then the uncooked shrimp are added:
Happy Valentines or Anti-Valentines, depending on what you're celebrating this year.