Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to fall in love with food.
You don’t have to spend too much money to make Valentine’s Day special, all you need is some imagination and some great ingredients.
The lovely folks at Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese have a great range of recipes that make Valentine’s Day cooking look easy. These canapes are a great way to start off a romantic evening.
Here’s a great recipe for you to try! I would leave out the chorizo, but that’s my choice.
If you do try it don’t forget to tweet us on @whosfordinner!
Smoked chicken Caesar salad leaf canapés with Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings
Makes about 20 canapés
2 bulbs red chicory
30g chorizo, diced
100g smoked chicken, thinly sliced
1 handful basil leaves, roughly chopped
25g Parmigano-Reggiano cheese, to serve
1 egg yolk
Juice of ½ lemon
½ tbsp finely chopped anchovies
1 garlic clove, crushed
3 tbsp olive oil
20g Parmigano-Reggiano cheese, grated
2 tbsp double cream
½ tbsp mascarpone cheese
Salt and black pepper
- First, make the dressing by whisking together the egg yolk, lemon juice, anchovies and garlic clove and gradually whisk in the olive oil to thicken the mixture. Add the grated Parmigano-Reggiano cheese and gradually whisk in the double cream, followed by the mascarpone cheese. Season to taste
- Assemble the canapés by taking leaves of the chicory and filling with a little dressing, followed by a few cubes of chorizo and plenty of smoked chicken
- Drizzle a little with more dressing over each canapé and top with chopped basil leaves and shaved Parmigano-Reggiano cheese before serving
Cook’s tip: To save some time, try making the dressing in advance, remembering to keep it refrigerated