If you’re the ‘less fluffy’ kind of Valentine’s couple, why not bring the restaurant to you? Escape the crowded restaurants and prepare a Valentine’s feast in the comfort of your own home with this list of Valentine’s Day starter ideas for under £10.
Valentine’s Day Starters for Under £10
Oyster mushrooms and prawns on toast with fino sherry
Super simple and well within budget – this glorious new take on a bruschetta style starter will impress your loved one without you having to slave over the stove all evening.
Ready in: 15 minutes
Price bracket: Under £8
Bargain offer: Sainsbury’s Cooked & Peeled Jumbo King Prawns, Taste the Difference 225g. Only £3.50: You save £1.00
Tip: If you don’t want to buy an entire bottle of fino sherry and would like to make use of something you already have in your cupboard, you can use one of the following substitutes: port (the dryer the better); Marsala; dry vermouth or even beef or chicken stock.
For full list of ingredients and cooking method, visit Sainsbury’s Valentines Day Starters.
Pan-fried scallops with crisp pancetta, watercress & lemon crème fraîche
A special occasion dish that looks almost as good as it tastes. You may think that this delectable scallop starter is too complicated for a novice cook but this flash in the pan recipe just involves a quick fry and a stir of the sauce.
Ready in: 10 minutes
Price bracket: Around £10
Key ingredients: Sainsbury’s Raw Patagonian Scallops 200g. £4.00. Sainsbury’s Italian Pancetta Slices, Taste the Difference 80g. £3.00. Sainsbury’s British Crème Fraîche 300ml. £0.85.
Tip: Pancetta is very similar to bacon so you can swap these ingredients based on your personal preference or if you have one of these ingredients in the fridge already. Both are typically made from pork belly.
For all ingredients and the step by step cooking method, visit Sainsbury’s Starters.
Sicilian baked red peppers
This veggie Valentine’s option really packs a punch, and the flavoursome filling of olives, tomatoes, mozzarella, chilli, capers and basil will most definitely earn you brownie points with your date.
Ready in: 1 hour 15 minutes
Price bracket: Under £10
Treat: Sainsbury’s Buffalo Mozzarella, Taste the Difference 125g. £2.00
On a budget: Sainsbury’s Mozzarella, Basics 125g. £0.50
Tip: If you’re not keen on capers, you can substitute them with chopped green olives in brine. This will add a subtle salty flavour that you would miss if you left out the capers altogether.
For a full list of ingredients and how to prep and make this delicious starter, visit Sainsbury’s Homemade By You.
Don’t forget you can save more on your Valentine’s Day meal when you use Sainsbury’s Vouchers by Savoo.
Now go and spread the word! Valentine’s Day starters for under £10 at Sainsbury’s.