Spoiled Southern: Recipes for The Perfect Valentine's Day Southern Inspired Courses

Dinner Options:

Pan Seared Steak

(allrecipes.com) 
(Wine Option: Red)

Chili-Glazed Salmon 

(delish.com)
(Wine Option: Rosé)

Roasted Chicken Breasts

(foodnetwork.com)
(Wine Option: White)

Eggplant Parmesan

This is my own personal recipe, and it's worked out really well in the past.

Ingredients:
1 Eggplant
Flour
Bread crumbs
2 eggs
Parmesan cheese
Garlic powder
Salt
Pepper
Oil
Mozzarella cheese
3 jars Classico Four Cheese Sauce
1 jar Classico Alfredo Sauce (optional)
1 box Angel hair pasta
3 large Ziploc baggies (optional, you could also do a 3 bowl dip system, but the bags will make your life much easier)

Preheat oven to 365º

Step One:

Slice your eggplant. Bake in the Oven for about 3 minutes on each side. Let cool, LEAVE OVEN ON.

Step Two:

Prep your bags while the eggplants are in the oven. The dry ingredients, such as the flour, bread crumbs and spices you can eyeball or add as much as you prefer. For me, I like A LOT of garlic and parmesan cheese. Crack the eggs into a small bowl, add a splash of milk if you wish, and beat them.  

In one bag, dump the flour.

In the second bag, the two eggs.

In the third bag, dump the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. 

Step Three:

Toss in 1-3 slices of eggplant, depending on size, into the bag of flour. Shake the bag and make sure the eggplants are coated. Remove them from the flour bag. Plop them into the bag with the eggs, squish around until wet. Remove them from this bag and drop them into the bread crumb mixture. Shake around until coated. Remove from bag and place on a plate. Repeat until you are out of slices. 

Step Four:

In a medium frying pan, heat up your oil. When it's hot, place 2-3 eggplant slices--depending on size--into the oil. Fry em up! It may take about 1-2 minutes on each side. Flip eggplants over using tongs to cook both sides. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel to soak up the oil. Repeat.

Step Five: 

Place fried slices on a baking sheet about a half inch apart. With a table spoon, dish out a dollop of sauce onto each slice. Sprinkle on parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top of sauce. Place sheet(s) in oven. Bake for 15 minutes.

Step Six:

While the eggplant slices are in the oven. Make the pasta. While the pasta is boiling, you can make the makeshift vodka sauce. This sauce is made by mixing Classico Four Cheese, Classico Alfredo, parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of sugar.

Step Seven:

Remove eggplant from the oven when done. Mix sauce into pasta. Serve and enjoy!

(Wine Option: red)

 

Side Dishes:

Roasted Vegetable Mac n Cheese

(countryliving.com)

Braised Collard Greens

(delish.com)

Ricotta Mashed Potatoes

(countryliving.com)

 

Desserts:

Shortbread Tiramisu 
(
countryliving.com)

Creme Brûlée 

(foodnetwork.com)

Red Velvet Cupcakes

(pinchmysalt.com)

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

(foodnetwork.com)

 

We hope you have an absolutely delicious Valentine's Day!