Easy Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipe – Citrus Steamed Fish in Heart Shaped Parchment Paper
Hey, it’s only 4 days till V-Day did you get your reservations yet? It’s the time when all the restaurants raise their rates for silly ‘valentines day’ themed menus. I have to give props to Prune who gives you choice between a $69 Lover’s menu and a hilarious cheaper menu for single, cynics of Valentine’s Day ($25) that starts with a bourbon sour and ends with a blackberry fool.
Oh No! No Valentine’s Day Restaurant Reservations?
If you haven’t booked a restaurant already, no worries. Here’s a really easy no-fail recipe I got out of a Williams-Sonoma cookbook that you can try out that will still win you points in the end. Besides, it’s also been proven to work; back in the days when I was living out in SF, my roommate tried this out on his 1st date to much success.
It starts out with heart shaped parchment paper (Ok, a little cheesy but hey it’s fucking Valentine’s day, what did you expect?!) Then you place some white sole and top it with an aromatic citrus onion mixture. Upon opening the steamed heart shaped pouches, the orange/lemon aroma will completely envelope the entire dining room and warm the heart of your companion.
This takes about 30-40 mins total to prepare. Best to bake just before serving.
1 lb of sole, white fish
one large yellow onion, sliced
1 orange – zest and juice from 1/2 of orange
1 lemon – zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup mint leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350F
Chop the onions and mint leaves. Scrape off the zest from 1/2 of the orange. Extract juice from the orange and lemon and mix into a small bowl. Over medium heat, sprinkle salt and fry onions on olive oil until translucent. Add in the mint leaves and orange zest. Continue to stir and fry for about 2 mins. Add in the juice and fry for an additional 5 mins till the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.
Cut out 2 heart shaped pieces of parchment (or baking sheet paper) and place on a baking sheet. Rinse fish under cold water, pat dry with a paper towel and sprinkle sea salt and pepper. Place fish on each parchment paper and top with the citrus onion sauce. Seal the paper by folding and place in the oven for 10-15 mins till parchment is golden brown. There’s no way to really check if it is done, unless you open it so choose your packet and open to test. Serve with rice or salad. Enjoy!