RECIPES — “VALENTINE PARTY FOR 2 OR MORE”

For a very special evening for you and your Sweetheart… or for a great Valentine’s Day Party, try these recipes. It will be a fabulous feast for your senses. They are easy and elegant for your “private party for 2″ or an elegant cocktail party for your family or friends. Enjoy!

BRANDY WINE PUNCH

1 cup fresh lemon juice; 1/2 cup superfine sugar; 1 1/2 cups brandy; 1 1/2 cups sweet red wine (from OAK CREEK VINEYARDS & WINERY, of course); 1/4 cup port (also found at OCV&W); 1/4 cup Cointreau liqueur  or 1/4 cup Grand Marnier; 2 (750 ml) bottles chilled sparkling wine; 1 liter well-chilled club soda; ice cubes; orange slice, for garnish; lemon slice, for garnish.

In a large punch bowl, stir the lemon juice with the sugar until the sugar dissolves. Add the brandy, sherry, port, Cointreau, sparkling wine and club soda and stir gently until blended. Add the ice and garnish with the fruit. Makes 4 Quarts

STUFFED BRIE

3 tablespoons butter; ;1 onion, chopped; 2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms; 1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped; 1 (8 ounce) wheel Brie cheese

In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt butter and caramelize onions and mushrooms; add dates and warm mixture for about 2 minutes. Slice the Brie wheel in half down the center so that there is a top and a bottom; fill with the onion mixture. Replace the top of the Brie. Microwave Brie for 1 to 3 minutes or until bubbly; serve.

FIG APPETIZERS WITH GOAT CHEESE & ALMONDS

12 fresh figs, halved; 4 ounces herbed goat cheese (chevre); 24 almonds; 1 tablespoon honey; 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Preheat the oven broiler for high heat. Place the fig halves, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Top each half with about 1/2 teaspoon goat cheese. Place one almond on each, press to push the cheese slightly into each fig.

Broil the figs in the preheated oven until the cheese is soft and the almonds are turning a rich shade of brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the broiler and let cool for 5 minutes. Arrange the figs on a serving platter and drizzle with honey and balsamic vinegar. Serve warm.

SIZZLING SHERRY SHRIMP

1/4 cup olive oil; 4 cloves garlic, minced; 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes;  teaspoon paprika; 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined; 2 tablespoons dry sherry or lemon juice; salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste; 2 tablespoons chopped Italian flat leaf parsley

Heat olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and paprika in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot and the garlic has turned golden brown, increase heat to high and add the shrimp. Cook until the shrimp turn pink and opaque, about 3 minutes. Deglaze the pan with sherry or lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with chopped parsley.

STORE-BOUGHT TRUFFLES OR BIG BOX OF VALENTINE CHOCOLATES

Just keep things simple and purchase your favorite Truffles and/or a beautiful Valentine heart of chocolates. Everyone loves chocolate!

Stop by and pick up your favorite wine in our Tasting Room. If you have questions as to which wine would go best… just ask. OAK CREEK VINEYARDS & WINERY wishes you a Happy Valentine’s Day!


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