Staying in this Valentine’s Day? Well, make the time count by making dinner with your sweetie, using aphrodisiacs in the dishes! The Girlie Gourmet’s Valerie Vanderpool shows us a few recipes.
Indy Style Valentine French 75
2 ounces good quality gin
½ ounce blood orange juice*
½ ounce simple syrup
Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake gently to chill and
strain into a champagne flute.
Top with chilled champagne*.
*Denotes aphrodisiacIndy Style Coffee-Marinated Beef Filet
1 cup brewed coffee, room temperature*
1/3 cup olive oil*
¼ cup honey*
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons red wine*
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard*
2 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane*
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon fresh black pepper
2 beef filets (6-8 ounces each)
2 Tablespoons cold butter, cut in half
Put all of the marinade ingredients into a food processor and blend until completely
Put the filets in a zip lock bag and pour the marinade over and seal. Marinate in the
refrigerator for 2-4 hours. Bring to room temperature before cooking.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Heat a cast iron pan over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sear the steaks for 2
minutes each side. Reserving the marinade.
Put into the preheated oven and cook until internal temperature reaches 135 degrees
(check after cooking for 3 minutes).
Remove from oven and let steaks rest on a plate for 10 minutes before serving.
Meanwhile, put the pan back on the burner over medium-high heat. Pour the reserved
marinade into the hot pan and reduce by half.
Swirl in the cold butter pieces.
Serve the steaks with the sauce poured over, along with Roasted Asparagus* + Rainbow
*Denotes aphrodisiacIndy Style Aphrodite’s Ice Cream
1 pint good quality chocolate* chip ice cream, softened
½ cup chopped black mission figs*
½ cup toasted + salted chopped almonds*
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg*
¼ cup caramel sauce
french grey sea salt
Stir the figs, almonds + nutmeg into the softened ice cream. Place back into the freezer
until frozen again.
To serve, scoop into a glass, then garnish with the caramel, sea salt, + whipped cream.
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