A romantic houseboat getaway is a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. But don’t feel like being on a houseboat means you are limited to grilling hot dogs for dinner. At Forever Houseboats, every single model in our Forever Fleet comes with a fully equipped kitchen, including a full-size range and oven, as well as gas BBQ grill. You’ll have all the tools to need to create an elegant dinner that is sure to impress your sweetie.
To give you some ideas, here is a simple, yet elegant Valentine’s Day menu, complete with recipes that can be easily made on a houseboat:
Filet Mignon with a Balsamic Reduction
Perhaps the quintessential Valentine’s Day entrée, filet mignon is one of those dishes that takes minimal preparation and tastes remarkably wonderful. Start with two tenderloin steaks and rub a little salt, pepper, and sugar onto them. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and then sear both steaks, about a minute per side. Once they’re seared, drop the heat to medium-low. Add a pat of butter and one-quarter cup each of red wine and balsamic vinegar to the pan. While you’re cooking, use a spoon to baste the steaks for another 4 to 6 minutes depending on your preference.
Herb-Roasted Red Potatoes
Roasted potatoes are versatile, simple, and pair perfectly with steak. Preheat your over to 400 degrees. Start with ¾ lbs of red potatoes then clean and slice them in half. Toss the potatoes with one tablespoon of olive oil, ½ tablespoon of Herbes de Provence, preferably a blend with lavender, ½ teaspoon of salt and a dash of black pepper. Then pop it in the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes.
Chocolate Fondue for Two
While there are plenty of ways to make fondue complicated, this is an easy recipe with lots of variations to delight your palate. Place 1 cup of your favorite chocolate chips and ¼ cup of heavy cream into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds then stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds and stir. Continue heating in 30 seconds increments, stirring after each time, until it is fully melted. Then dip anything you want into the chocolate. Fruit, marshmallows, cookies, even potato chips all make great fondue dippers.
Cooking a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner on a houseboat can be easy and oh, so romantic. Enjoy these or any of your own favorite recipes to create the ultimate evening for two. Just add a lovely tablecloth and candlelight, and you’re all set. To reserve your Valentine’s Day houseboat getaway, or for more information, contact us at Forever Houseboats today.