Hey, y’all! Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching; in year’s past, I know that this meant finding the perfect dinner reservation for you and your +1. That said, many of us will be electing to spend the holiday in the comfort and safety of our homes in light of the pandemic. As such, I’m thrilled to share my At Home Valentine’s Dinner Menu today in partnership with my friends at Ale-8-One with y’all. These recipes are easy-to-make, yet sure to please!
At Home Valentine’s Dinner Menu
The Perfect Dinner Accompaniment: Ale-8-One Zero
Did y’all know that Ale-8-One recently released Ale-8 Zero Sugar? Ale-8 Zero Sugar is a low-calorie alternative with the same great taste as the original soda. The new-to-the-market Ale-8 Zero Sugar is a rebrand of Diet Ale-8, as it features the same recipe in a new, redesigned look. While it has zero sugar, zero calories, and zero aspartame, it’s still 100% Kentucky.
The menu that you will find below pairs perfectly with Ale-8 Zero Sugar, as it is incorporated into both of the recipes: my ginger crab cakes and broccoli with homemade teriyaki sauce. As an addition, I also included links to a few of my other favorite side dishes to round out the meal!
At Home Valentine’s Dinner Menu Main Course: Ginger Crab Cakes
Ginger Crab Cakes
16 oz. lump crabmeat
1/3 c. mayonnaise
2/3 c. breadcrumbs
1 tbsp. dijon mustard
2 tbsp. Ale-8 Zero Sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. parsley, chopped
Black pepper, to taste
Old Bay Seasoning, to taste
Kosher salt, to taste
Garlic powder, to taste
Green Onions, for garnish
Vegetable oil, for cooking
- In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, Ale 8 One, lemon juice, chopped parsley, black pepper, Old Bay Seasoning, kosher salt, and garlic powder. Add in crabmeat and breadcrumbs, folding gently until well-incorporated.
- Shape crab cake mixture into patties of your desired size.
- Over medium heat, cook crab cakes in oil for roughly 2 minutes/side or until they are golden brown.
At Home Valentine’s Dinner Menu Side Dish: Broccoli With Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
Broccoli With Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
1 lb. fresh broccoli, florets only
Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, to taste
Fresh Lemon Juice
- Wash broccoli in cold water; pat dry.
- Trim the head of broccoli where the florets branch off. I like to use my kitchen shears to do this.
- Heavily salt a pot of water and bring it to a rolling boil.
- Add florets to the water and cook until tender, roughly 3 minutes.
- Drain florets and plate. Top with Everything But The Bagel Seasoning and a squirt of fresh lemon juice.
Ingredients, Homemade Teriyaki Sauce:
1/2 c. water
3 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. Ale-8 Zero Sugar
2 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. cold water
Directions, Homemade Teriyaki Sauce:
- Over medium heat, combine 1/2 c. water, brown sugar, soy sauce, minced garlic, Ale-8-One, and honey.
- In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch + cold water. Whisk until the cornstarch has fully dissolved.
- Add in the cornstarch mixture and heat until the sauce reaches your desired level of thickness.
Tip: if the sauce gets too thick, just add more water.
- Drizzle broccoli with homemade teriyaki sauce.
Additional Side Dishes
Launched in July of 1926, Ale-8-One is the only Kentucky-invented soft drink still in existence. It was invented by G. L. Wainscott and was named via one of America’s first slogan contests at the Clark County Fair. “A Late One” – the winning entry – was a pun adopted for its witty description. From that, a Kentucky legacy transpired.
I love the ginger profile of the soda for both drinking + cooking. If a recipe calls for ginger, sub Ale-8-One, y’all — you’ll love the complexity it adds to the flavor!
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