Looking to impress without breaking the bank this Valentines? From forking out on babysitters to booking over-priced tables at restaurants, Valentines becomes a testing time for any couple. But never fear! GetPaidTo are here with a top notch valentines menu that won’t break the bank and will impress your date! Find all of the ingredients you need at any supermarket, but if you shop through GetPaidTo you’ll earn cashback at:
Marinated figs with prosciutto, mozzarella and basil
This recipe makes 16 of these gorgeous finger-foody morsels, and can be prepared earlier to save rushing around in the evening, result! This recipe shouldn’t cost you more than £6, and you can always half it or quarter it depending on how many you can manage to scoff!
- 2 large or 4 small ripe figs
- 3 tbsp basil-infused oil
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- 8 slices prosciutto, halved lengthways
- 16 bocconcini (baby mozzarella balls)
- 16 medium-sized basil leaves
- 16 short wooden skewers
- Cut the figs into 16 wedges and sit them in a non-metallic bowl. Mix together the oil and vinegar, then pour it over the figs. Season well with salt and pepper, and leave to marinate at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
- When the figs have marinated, thread each wedge on to a wooden skewer with some prosciutto, mozzarella and a basil leaf. The order in which you thread them is entirely up to you.
- Once you have made all 16, sit them on a plate and drizzle over the remaining marinade. Serve at room temperature rather than straight from the fridge, so all the flavours are at their best.
Piri-Piri chicken with spicy rice
This recipe serves four so it’s easily halve-able (or can always be served as leftovers the next day if you’re meal planning. Think Nandos without the price tag, this meal comes in at around £2 a serving!
- About 4 skin-on chicken thighs and 4 drumsticks- buy a mixed pack
- 6 tbsp piri-piri marinade (you can buy mild, medium or hot)
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 2 peppers, any colour, de-seeded and finely chopped
- ½ bunch spring onions, sliced, white and green parts separated
- 4 tbsp tomato purée
- 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
- 250g cooked rice
- vegetables or salad, to serve (optional)
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Slash each piece of chicken 3 times, so the marinade can really flavour the meat. Pour over the sauce and leave in the fridge to marinate, if you have time. If not, mix well and arrange, skin-side up, in a roasting tin. Cook for 30 minutes, then increase heat to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and cook for about 15 minutes more until the skin is crispy and golden.
- When the chicken is almost ready, heat the oil in a frying pan. Cook the peppers and white parts of the spring onions for 5 minutes. Tip in the purée and paprika, stir, then add the rice, breaking up with a wooden spoon so all the grains are coated well. Use a high heat and scrape any that sticks to the bottom so you get some soft and some crispy parts. Heat until piping hot. Scatter the green parts of the spring onion on top and serve with the chicken, and some vegetables or salad, if you like.
Want a fancy dessert without blowing the budget? Tiramisu is great because not only will it satisfy a sweet tooth, it’s easily prepared without any cooking required and needs to be prepared in advance, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time being loved up! This recipe should serve four, depending on how sweet-toothed you are!
- 200g sponge fingers
- 150ml of strong cold coffee
- 250g mascarpone
- 2 tbsp Tia Maria (if you’re on a budget this can always be swapped for amaretto)
- 150ml double cream
- 4 tbsp icing sugar
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder (for dusting)
- Make up some strong coffee using 1-2 tbsp coffee granules in 150ml boiling water – leave to cool.
- Mix 100ml of the cold coffee with 1 tbsp of Tia Maria – dip the sponge fingers in this mix.
- Place a few sponge fingers in the bottom of separate glasses/bowls (or use one big bowl and cover the bottom with a layer of sponge fingers).
- Mix the mascarpone, 50ml of cold coffee and 1 tbsp Tia Maria.
- In a separate bowl, whip the cream with the icing sugar until lightly whipped – fold in the mascarpone.
- Add the mixture on top of the sponge fingers.
- Dust with cocoa powder and leave in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.
Remember, you don’t need to be a budding MasterChef to make an impact. Simple dishes will impress if they are presented on an ironed tablecloth with napkins, candles, a handwritten menu card and your loved one’s favourite music in the background, and far less cliché than a packed out restaurant!
If you’re feeling a little lazier and your budget stretches far enough, all of the main supermarkets are offering Valentines meal deals ranging from £10 to £20, with some offering wine, chocolates, finest options and more! So all you need to do is set the table! Valentines made easy with GetPaidTo!