Shrimp & Lobster Ravioli

You’ll fall in love with this easy Valentine’s Day dinner idea

Valentine’s Day is coming in HOT, with only four days left to finish planning for the big day. If you’re still scrambling to decide what you and your sweetie should do to celebrate your love, especially in the middle of a pandemic, don’t you worry, we’ve got you! 

Last week, we suggested Café Poêtes as the perfect place to take your girls for Valentine’s Day, and that would definitely be a great option for a date night as well. But if you’re more the “I haven’t left the couch in three days and I don’t plan on changing that anytime soon” type, you’ll find no judgement here. This post is for you. Picking a gift is hard enough, why not keep the celebration part sweet and simple with this easy-to-follow dinner recipe?

The Process

This recipe is one we cooked up, literally and figuratively, ourselves. So today you get the recipe directly from us:

Ingredients:

  • Shrimp (However much you want)
  • 1 pack of pre-packaged lobster ravioli from Costco
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. If the shrimp are frozen, start off by defrosting them. Place them in a bowl of warm water and they should be ready to go in about 10 minutes. After they are thawed, drain the water from the bowl and pat the shrimp dry. 
  2. Next, finely chop 1/2 onion. Yellow is preferred, but we used a red one here and it turned out lovely as well. (We personally like to julienne our onions, but that’s mostly because it makes us feel fancy.) While you’re here at the chopping board, go ahead and mince the garlic.
  3. Heat 2 tbsps of olive oil in the pan, along with 1 clove of garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until fragrant, then add the onion. Cook until tender and caramelized. Next, add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper (here is where you add the optional red pepper flakes for a bit of kick). Cook until the shrimp isn’t translucent and has a pink coloring. Transfer to a plate!
  4. Fill up a pot of water and heavily salt it. Bring it to a boil.
  5. While you are heating the water up, start on the sauce. In the same pan you cooked the shrimp and onion in, add 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of unsalted butter, and 2 cloves of garlic to the pan. Cook until the garlic is nice and fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  6. Turn the heat down to medium-low and add 1/4 cup of white wine, cooking until halfway reduced. Then add in 3/4 cup of heavy cream. Mix together and bring to a simmer. 
  7. By now, your water should be boiling. Add in the lobster ravioli and cook on high for 4 minutes. 
  8. Return to the sauce and add in however much Parmesan makes you happy–I’d say about 1/2 cup. Take a whisk and mix it all together, working out the clumps and making it smooth and creamy. Add in 1 tsp of basil or any other herb of choice at this time. 
  9. Drain the pasta, then add both that and the shrimp into the saucepan. Mix and cook for about 3 minutes, just long enough to heat the shrimp back up. 

The Results

Once the dish is complete, you are certainly more than able to serve. If you want to add some pizzazz, though, while also getting in your greens, we suggest roasting some asparagus to serve as a bed for the pasta dish. This can easily be done in the oven on a roasting rack while you work on the pasta. Once everything is complete, throw some additional parmesan on top, ladle onto a plate, and pour a glass of wine. The final step? A toast–to love and Costco ravioli!

What should you know before you make this Shrimp & Lobster Ravioli dish?

  • The amount of shrimp required for this recipe is variable depending on how much you enjoy shrimp, but an easy rule of thumb is to have about ¼ pound per person eating.
  • The Costco lobster ravioli is divine. It just is. But this recipe would work with any pre-assembled lobster ravioli you can find…probably.
  • We suggest buying frozen shrimp that’s already peeled and de-veined. It significantly speeds up the process and keeps you from getting too messy.
  • Make sure the parmesan cheese you buy is finely shredded and not the shaky stuff! It a.) won’t have the same taste and b.) won’t melt correctly.
Is this what love feels like?

When should you make shrimp and lobster ravioli?

Valentine’s Day, duh. That’s why we’re here, isn’t it? But honestly, this seafood dish would be perfect for anytime you want to make your dinner just a little bit ✨special✨ even if it’s just for you!

For dessert, might we suggest olive oil cake or donuts?

What team are you–Valentine’s at home or Galentine’s out on the town? Let us know in the comments!

Café Poêtes

Paris in Texas (but don’t get it confused with Paris, Texas!)

January is finally over, huzzah! In the middle of what seemed like the longest month to date, it was easy to forget about some of the good things coming our way. Plus, we were kind of busy eating donuts and more donuts. But alas, February is finally here, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! So don your heart-shaped sunnies, buy your chocolate strawberries, knit some hearts onto a sweater, and buckle up for the season of love.

When we were thinking about the best way to celebrate love this year, one of our first thoughts was our bestie gals. While we love romantic love, and don’t worry, we’ll talk more about that next week, this past year has been particularly tough on friendships separated by the pandemic. The best place we could think of to celebrate the girls who are there with us through it all was Café Poêtes, a French restaurant and tea house in Midtown-Montrose in Houston. This bistro is elegant, glamorous, just as beautiful outside as it is inside, and very, very Parisian. 

Imagine having tea here with your besties

The Fizz

This week’s fizz is a little bit more toned down than our usual cocktails and wine agenda. That being said, it is important to highlight that those things do exist in this bistro! The restaurant even goes so far as to dub themselves a wine club, and they host events with wine pairings that complement their food fusions, which is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Additionally, they have a limited cocktail menu that includes the Kir Royale French cocktail, which is high on our list of things to try next time we go!

It would be impossible for us to talk about the beverages offered at Café Poêtes without mentioning the tea. Everyday from 11am-5pm, the cafe has High Tea, which is exactly what it sounds like. Even tea connoisseurs will be delighted at the selection, which changes seasonally and is offered in small or large teapot sizes. The beautiful teapots are just the cherry on top.

Hidden under that greenery is a melting pot of cheesy pasta

The Fork

Between artisan quiches, savory eclairs, and hachis parmentier (?), there is very little on the Café Poêtes menu we can pronounce, but oh so much we enjoy. During High Tea, pastries and small dishes take the cake (Pun! Always! Intended!). The Madeleines? Incredible.

If you’re there for lunch or dinner, we definitely recommend asking your server for recommendations to help you dissect the menu options. The meal menu changes seasonally, too, so what we ordered may not be available, but we can assure you that you will be in good hands. Keep an open mind, too! Trying something new never hurt anybody, and the French menu and fusions are full of new things. We ordered a cheese soufflé dish that was melt-in-your-mouth incredible and came in the cutest little pot. We also ordered a basquaise eclair, which was light but satisfying. Both of our dishes had a unique combination of flavors we never would have thought to pair, but which somehow work so well. We don’t think we could ever get enough.

Tea for two

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Make a rezzy! While you can technically walk in and cross your fingers, between limited space in addition to social distancing restrictions, it’s unlikely you’ll get a spot without waiting excessive amounts of time. You can make a reservation via phone, email, or on their website.
  • You will want to take photos when you go. Trust. Heads up, though, if you’re any sort of professional photographer (or have a camera that makes it look like you are), you’ll likely be asked to pay the $40 photography fee. Yes, the space is that beautiful, and yes, that’s why we don’t have a ton of photos.
  • Parking: There is a tiny parking lot for the restaurant on the backside, but if there’s no spot available there, you’ll need to do some street parking.
You will want to take photos. Case in point.

When Should You Make Your Own Trip to Café Poêtes?

Valentine’s Day weekend! Café Poêtes is always chic and girly, but on this weekend in particular we’re sure it will be akin to Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. With your girlfriends as your companions, the trip is destined to turn out far better than it did for Harry and Cho. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the weekend of Valentine’s Day, Café Poêtes is hosting a “Galentine in Paris High Tea” event with three “tiers,” from 11am-5pm each day. If you do decide to go there with your honey, the bistro also has a “Valentine in Paris Dinner” event each evening of the weekend composed of a romantic four-course dinner.

How do you plan to celebrate the day? With one true love or with all of your true loves (gals)? Stay tuned for ideas on what you can do for a memorable Valentine’s Day date night at home, coming next Wednesday!