Ingrid Hoffmann's Valentine's Day Dishes

Host your Valentine's Day dinner with delicious recipes of , chef and host of Delicioso:

• Vuelve a la Vida

Serves 4-6


4 cups pre-cooked salad shrimp, or chopped large shrimp

½ lb. bay scallops, sautéed in butter

½ cup finely chopped yellow onion

2 firm, ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and cubed

5 limes, juiced

¾ cup ketchup

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

½ cup water or white wine, optional

Hot sauce, to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

2 dozen raw oysters

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Saltine crackers


In a glass or plastic bowl combine the shrimp, scallops, onion, avocado, lime juice, ketchup and Worcestershire. Gently toss together and add the water or wine if necessary to dilute the sauce slightly. Season with your favorite hot sauce, salt and pepper and stir. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow flavors to blend.

Before serving, stir in the chopped fresh cilantro. To serve, place a raw oyster on a cracker and top with a dollop of the seafood mixture.

• Choco Rico (Chicken in Brown Sauce)


1 ½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders

2 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. ground cloves

½ tsp. turmeric

2 bay leaves

2 tsp. garlic paste

1 c. dry sherry

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 tbsp. cocoa

½ tsp. salt


Slice the chicken breasts lengthwise. Place the sliced chicken in a bowl. Mix the cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, bay leaves, garlic paste and sherry thoroughly and pour over the chicken, tossing the chicken lightly to coat well. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and not more than 4 hours to marinate.

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Remove chicken strips from marinade, reserving leftover marinade. Cook chicken in skillet until browned and cooked through. Remove from skillet. Add onions to the skillet and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add leftover marinade, salt and cocoa and cook until thickened. Add chicken back to skillet and cook 2-3 minutes. Serve warm.

• Arugula Salad with White Chocolate Dressing


¾ cup grated carrot

2 oranges segmented and squeezed

4 cups arugula

4 radishes, cut in half and sliced

¼ cup orange juice

1 tbsp. melted white chocolate

1 tbsp. olive oil

½ tbsp. lemon juice


Melt white chocolate in microwave on defrost setting, 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each heating until melted.

In a salad bowl, toss the carrot, segmented orange, arugula and radishes. Prepare the dressing on the side by mixing the orange juice, melted white chocolate, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well with a wire whisk and add to the salad.

• Chocolate Mousse

serves 6


1 cup semi-sweet chocolate

4 tbsp. strong coffee

6 tbsp. butter, cut in small pieces

4 tbsp. confectioner's sugar

4 fresh eggs, separated


Cut chocolate into small pieces. In a saucepan over low heat, combine coffee and chocolate, stirring frequently until chocolate is completely melted.

Add butter, a piece or two at a time, waiting until each addition melts. Add the sugar and the egg yolks, stirring constantly until smooth and uniform. Do not allow mixture to boil at any time. Remove from heat and set aside.

Whip egg yolks to stiff peaks, then fold into the chocolate mixture until well combined.

Pour mixture into espresso cups and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

• Papaya and Feta Salad

Serves 4


6 cups peeled, seeded and diced papaya

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons lime juice (from about 1 lime)

1 tablespoon honey

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced


Freshly ground pepper


Place the papaya and mint leaves in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, lime juice, honey, fresh ground pepper, and some salt to taste (TIP: Add a little salt at first. Feta is very salty, so you can always add more salt later). Drizzle the dressing over the papaya and toss to coat. Divide the salad into serving plates, sprinkle with the feta, red onions and pepper, and serve.