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Valentine’s Day recipes: Mozzarella arancini, spaghetti al pomodoro and profiteroles

Donal Skehan


Serve up a simple yet stunning three-course Valentine’s dinner

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Spagetti al Pomodoro

Spagetti al Pomodoro

Sofie and Donal Skehan

Sofie and Donal Skehan

Chocolate profriteroles

Chocolate profriteroles

Arancini

Arancini

Spagetti al Pomodoro

Spagetti al Pomodoro

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Spagetti al Pomodoro

It is most certainly the year to book a great local restaurant and let them spoil you for Valentine’s Day but if you are cooking at home, I have an easy-to-prepare menu that should tick all the boxes. It’s guaranteed to help you woo your significant other back to the world of love and romance. When it comes to any at-home menu that’s designed for two people to actually enjoy the process of cooking and serving, I have two rules: one, it needs to be kept simple, and two, enough of the elements need to be made ahead of time, leaving you with primarily assembly work when it comes to serving.

Mozzarella arancini with sweet and spicy marinara is a good example of a starter that does take a little bit of work but can be done well in advance. Arancini are a Sicilian cheese-filled snack made with risotto rice, crumbed and fried until golden... they are heavenly. The risotto can be made and kept in the fridge until you’re ready to form the balls and, once assembled and fried, they can also be reheated with good success in a hot oven (do this the same day you intend to eat). Enjoy with the marinara dipping sauce and some Italian charcuterie.


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