Cook a Romantic Meal for Two this Valentine’s Day

If you want to make a romantic gesture this Valentine’s Day, we believe that cooking is the sweetest thing you can do for your sweetheart. At Magnolia Square Market, we have all of the ingredients for a lovingly prepared Valentine’s Day meal. Check out the recipe by Sumalee below for a delicious meal for two that will really impress your date.valentines-at-msm

dsc_0238jpgI wanted to pay homage to our company’s German roots with a pork and potatoes dish, with a few unexpected flavors and textures, so I’ve made a roasted pork tenderloin with fruit compote over mashed potatoes. To me, a Valentine’s Day meal is all about pairings. I love finding expressive flavors that really complement each other, so in this dish, sweet plays off of salty, and savory plays off of fruity. Every ingredient comes from the Magnolia Square Market, from the wine to the potatoes!

The Market carries pork tenderloins cut to the perfect size for two people, so I made that the centerpiece of the meal, seasoning it with a tangy spice mix by Edora. This mix of spices perfectly seasons the pork and is the key to the crisp outside!dsc_0230jpg

The slightly sweet edge comes from the green apples and carrots, and of course, the fruit compote, which you can mix to taste with a little apple cider vinegar for sweet-sour effect, similar to a balsamic glaze. It’s a really great quality compote that saves a lot of messy prep, and can be used for a variety of recipes after, including dressings and dessert glazes. It also creates a little punch of Valentines color, which is a nice surprise on the plate!

Appetizer

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Whether you are cooking this meal to treat your date or making it together, start the evening with a little cheese and wine. My pick is the merlot-soaked Bellavitano, a delicious, tangy cow’s milk cheese that pairs beautifully with Dornfelder. This is the perfect appetizer to snack on as you prepare your entree!

 

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Fruit Compote and Mashed Potatoes

1 green apple
1 giant MSM carrot
1 yellow onion
olive oil

2 potatoes
1/2 c milk
2 tbs butter

1 1lb or smaller pork tenderloin, brought to room temperature
Edora Chops and Schnitzel Spice
Oil with a high smoke point

2-3 tbs of Landsberg Fruit Compote
1 tsp of apple cider vinegar

Kosher salt
Freshly cracked pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Peel your potatoes, quarter them, and set them in a large pot of salted water. Allow them to come to a boil as you prepare everything else, removing them from heat when they are fork tender and drain.

Peel and core the apple, cutting it into wedges about 1/2″ thick. Peel the carrot, and cut it into bite-sized pieces a bit smaller than your apple. Remove the skin from the onion, and slice into chunks.

Pile the apple and veggies onto a sheet pan, and drizzle them with olive oil, stirring and turning to coat. Spread them out evenly, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Turn to coat once more, then spread out evenly.

In a cast-iron or other oven-safe skillet, heat about 2 tbs of oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the Edora spices over your tenderloin, coating the entire piece with an even layer. When the oil is shimmering, begin to brown each side of the tenderloin, about 2-3 minutes on each side.

When all sides are browned, place entire skillet in the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes, or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Add your sheet pan of vegetable to the rack below at this time.

While the meat and vegetables are in the oven, prepare the potatoes. Gently warm the milk and butter in a saucepan until the milk is room temperature and the butter is melted, adding a piece of crushed garlic if desired. Pour the warm milk mixture over the drained potatoes, add salt and pepper to taste, and mash. Set aside for plating.

dsc_0266jpgWhen temperature is met, remove the pork and veggies, tenting the meat and allowing it to rest for about 5 minutes.

In a ramekin, add about a 1/2 tsp of vinegar. Stir in 1 tbs of compote and taste for tartness. Continue adding compote or vinegar until preferred amount of tanginess is achieved.

Spoon a little compote onto your serving plate for contrast. Spoon mashed potatoes onto the plate, adding the apples and veggies on top.

After resting, slice the meat about 1/2″ thick. Place a slice at an angle against the potato and veggie mound. Drizzle a bit of compote on top.dsc_0260jpg

dsc_0243jpgPresent the meal to your love, pour a glass of wine (I recommend the Undone Dry Riesling or Undone Pinot Noir with this one, either is delightful!), and enjoy!

Dessert

For dessert, German Chocolate or Framboise cake balls make a no-brainer sweet end to the meal, but who says you can’t snuggle on the couch and finish off a box of German chocolates together?

Valentines Day at Magnolia Square Market

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! While you’re shopping, let our staff at Magnolia Square Market know what we can do to help make it extra special. Tschüss!

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