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Posted by valeofmowbray on 6th Feb 2018 5:05pm

An Indulgent Valentine's Day Night In

An Indulgent Valentine's Day Night In

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With Valentine's Day fast approaching, have you got plans? We like to take national days like Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day and so on, and make them into days filled with delicious food. There's no better way to show your love than by making a yummy meal to enjoy together! Going out for a meal is fun, but there's nothing cosier than a night in with some good food followed by a good film. If you want to cook to impress - follow our easy recipes below to make an indulgent Valentines's night in - with pork pies!


For the herby truffled roast mushrooms:

  • 110g Cremini mushrooms – rinsed and dried
  • 110g Bella mushrooms – rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 Thinly sliced yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 Fresh minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp white truffle oil
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh minced rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh minced thyme
  • 2 Tbsp fresh minced parsley
  • 1/8th tsp sea salt
  • Ground black pepper – just a sprinkle to taste

Ricotta Mash

  • 450g Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 225g fresh ricotta
  • 118ml whole milk
  • 3 tbsp buttter
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper – more to taste

For the herby truffled roast mushrooms:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C
  2. Toss together the mushrooms, onions, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt and pepper – make sure the sauce is well distributed and coating all the mushrooms
  3. Pour the mixture into a baking dish and cook for 20 minutes
  4. Remove and toss with the rosemary, thyme, parsley and truffle oil to taste and for optimum flavour, serve it whilst it’s still hot!

For your ricotta mash:

  1. You need to heat your oven to broiler setting – nearly all ovens have one but if you’re not sure how your’s works, have a read of this article to help.
  2. Peel and cut the potatoes into 1 inch pieces then place them in a large pot and cover with water
  3. Sprinkle a teaspoon of salt into the water then bring to the boil – stir it to make sure the potatoes don’t stick
  4. Continue to cook over a medium heat for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender
  5. Drain into a pot but leave about a fifth behind in the pan
  6. Mash the potatoes with a masher
  7. Then stir in the ricotta, milk, butter, salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Now in the rest of the potato and mash until combined, making sure it’s all evenly distributed
  9. Spoon into ramekins, set on a baking tray then pop under the broiler until they’re golden brown on top – perfect! Now, serve.

Now all you need is the perfect pork pie to suit your dinner – we’d be tempted to go for a medium lattice pork pie each. The lattice pastry makes it feel that touch fancier and the flakey pastry is utterly delicious! To top off the dinner, boil some asparagus and treat yourself to a range of your favourite sauces – how about a red cabbage chutney with this!

It’s an easy recipe from us this time – because Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with your loved one, so throw together a lovely dinner and we’re sure they’ll be impressed! Finish with an equally decadent dessert – how about a themed red velvet cupcake, chocolate souffles or a fudge brownie in the shape of a heart?

If you’re having a Valentine’s Night in, be sure to enter our competition on Twitter – just Retweet our Valentine’s Competition and follow us and you could be in with the chance of winning a selection of our pork pies and a bottle of Laurent Perrier!

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