Some Valentine Dining at Home Ideas

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, couples everywhere are wondering how best to celebrate this special day. For some, restaurants may be out of the question or too restrictive, and for others even the thought of cooking an elaborate meal from scratch at home is exhausting.

We can solve this problem with a simple solution with a very special signature dish of ours – Beef Wellington. The perfect Valentine’s Dine at Home Dinner for Two.

This limited edition Beef Wellington is hand prepared and comes oven ready, needing the minimum of preparation time. Ideal for people who are time poor, or who are culinary challenged, but who would like to create a wonderful restaurant quality meal for their loved one in the comfort of their own home to celebrate their love on this special day.

The dish serves two people generously, made with prime aged Irish beef fillet, wrapped in a mushroom duxelles, buttery puff pastry with fresh herbs and sea salt. The cooking instructions couldn’t be simpler – just pop it into a preheated oven at 200° C, for 45-50 minutes to achieve medium/ rare or 55-60 minutes for medium/ medium well – and rest for about 15 minutes before serving.

All that is left to do is to set the scene with some candles, soft chilling music and a table set for two.

Like all of the Dine at Home dishes, this signature dish is honest, simple, handmade from scratch using the freshest of ingredients, where you can taste the flavour and goodness that has gone into every single bite.

Available to order online from Tuesday 18th January through the Click and Collect Service and available for collection at any of the 12 James Whelan Butcher shops across the country.


Say it with Steak!

Another option to bring a little romance to the dinner table this Valentines, is a Sharing Steak. Simply cooked on a pan, it’s perfect for Valentines, bringing it to the table to share together with some delicious sides.

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Our Salt Aged Sharing Steaks are wonderful cuts of meat of exceptional quality with a truly special flavour. All are exclusive to James Whelan Butchers and are part of a unique partnership with one of the great pioneers of the Irish Meat trade, Peter Hannan and Hannan Meats.

Matured over 35 days in Peter’s Salt Chamber, a 12ft solid wall of Hand cut Himalayan Rock Salt Bricks. This results in only one thing – beef of exceptional quality with a truly unique flavour.

Just chat to one of our butchers and they can hand cut to order the perfect Salt Aged Strip Loin for two, or one of our 100% Angus T- Bone, one of the most prized cuts of beef and known as the King of Steaks.


Warm Black Pudding & Bacon Salad

Starters Anyone?

One of our favourite starters, that is simple to prepare and works a treat, is a Warm Black Pudding & Bacon Salad. It is a wonderful start to a romantic meal, with the minimum of fuss and tastes delicious.


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Savoury Dessert

We just love all things savoury, so naturally enough we love to finish a good meal with some wonderful cheese. Also keeping with the sharing theme, sharing a delightful cheeseboard is a lovely way to finish a romantic meal. For this we would recommend cheese from some of our good friends from the Tipperary Food Producers Network. The world famous Cashel Blue, Cooleeney Cheese from the farm of the same name, using milk from their pedigree.

No matter what you choose to prepare for a romantic Valentine’s dinner at home, our last piece of advice is keep it simple, buy the best products you can afford and don’t spend hours slaving over a hot stove. Valentines is meant to be spent with the one you love, not inside a recipe book or tied to the cooker.

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