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Rick Stein’s French-inspired Valentine’s Day menu

by Jessica Lockyer-Palmer

published on 13 February 2020

If there are two things the French are experts on, it’s food and love. And if there’s one thing our favourite itinerant chef and author, Rick Stein, is an expert on, it’s exploring global cuisines. So, what better way to cook this Valentine’s Day than with three authentic French recipes, taken from Rick Stein’s Secret France. From a light starter of fresh mussels to a rich one-pot chicken main and a jewel-bright raspberry dessert, this is how to do Valentine’s Day the French way.

From the book

Rick Stein’s Mussels with Poulette Sauce

Rick Stein’s Mussels with Poulette Sauce

Aromatic and tender, these classic French mussels are a fitting way to start proceedings. Opt for the freshest mussels you can find and serve alongside a wedge of crusty bread for mopping up the delicious sweet and salty sauce.

Rick Stein’s Chicken Fricassée with Morels

Rick Stein’s Chicken Fricassée with Morels

Speaking of being in love, that’s exactly how we’d describe our feelings for Rick’s luxurious one-pot chicken in a silken white wine and crème fraîche sauce. And if there’s ever an occasion to throw some morels into the mix to add depth and sultry smokiness, it’s Valentine’s Day.

Rick Stein’s French Raspberry Tart

Rick Stein’s French Raspberry Tart

With a crisp, buttery sweet pastry base, thick crème patissière, and a topping of sweet jewel-toned raspberries, this tart is patisserie perfection and the ultimate way to round off your romantic meal.

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