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Valentine's Day Dinner Recipes from Celebrities with Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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These Valentine's Day dinner recipes from favorite celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rachael Ray topped off with a chocolate covered strawberries recipe from Paula Deen make the day delicious.

Everyone is looking for Valentine's Day dinner recipes to served to that special someone or treat themselves. Since February 14 falls on a Monday, celebrity dinner recipes are an excellent way to celebrate in style. If you are serving two, there will be an extra portion or yummy leftovers.

Frank Sinatra's Sausage and Peppers (from CD Kitchen)

Ingredients

1 pound hot Italian sausage
3 green peppers
3/4 cup red wine
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt (optional)

Directions

Remove seeds and stems from green peppers. Cut into large chunks. Use an ovenproof baking dish that can be used on top of the stove. Saute green peppers in olive oil until they get soft. Sprinkle with a dash of salt. Lift green peppers out of the dish and put aside. Brown the Italian sausage in same baking dish. Once browned, add 3/4 cup red wine.

Cover the pan with foil. Bake the sausages in wine in a 350F oven for about 40 minutes. Cook until sausage is no longer pink.

Uncover. Add sauteed green pepper. Bake for another 30 minutes. Conveniently serve in the same dish. Serves 4.

Add Gwyneth Paltrow's Bruschetta for a tasty touch on Valentine's Day.

Gwyneth Paltrow's Bruschetta (derived from the Guardian)

Ingredients

1 loaf of fresh pane pugliese (or your favorite country-style bread) cut into 2 cm thick slices
1 ½ cloves of garlic, cut in half
Coarse salt
Olive oil

Directions

Grill the bread over a medium flame for around a minute on each side. Should be toasted and barely charred in spots. Rub both sides of bread with the cut side of the garlic. Generously drizzle one side with olive oil, at least 1 ½ tbsp per slice. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

Valentine's Day is decadent with this vegetarian delight from Paltrow, a famous vegan who is not likely to couple it with sausage and peppers.

Rachael Ray's Champagne Cocktail (from the Rachael Ray Show)

The spin in this drink fave is it uses the Italian sparkling wine Prosecco rather than champagne, a perfect accompaniment to an Italian Valentine's Day dinner.

Ingredients

4 ounces Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine)
1 splash Grand Marnier
1 drop of bitters
1 orange twist

Directions

Pour prosecco in champagne glass. Add Grand Marnier and bitters. Garnish with an orange twist.
Serves 1 so double for couples on Valentine's Day.

Paula Deen's 5 Minute Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Food Network

Ingredients

About 20 strawberries with stems, washed and dried very well
168 grams of milk chocolate, chopped

Directions

Rinse but do not hull strawberries. Drain and pat completely dry.

Put milk chocolate in heatproof medium bowls. Fill medium saucepan with a couple of inches of water. Simmer over medium heat then turn off. Set bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. When chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from heat.

Line a sheet pan with waxed paper or parchment. Hold strawberries by the stem, dip the bottom half of each into the melter chocolate. Twist strawberry so chocolate forms a tail at the end. Set strawberries on waxed paper or parchment. Repeat with all strawberries.

Note, the chocolates can be melted in a glass dish in the microwave on high power for about 60 seconds. Remove, stir and microwave for an additional 10 seconds until completely melted then cool slightly to thicken.

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