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A Romantic Dinner or Brunch for Valentine’s Day

February is thought of as the “romantic” month, with couples making plans for either a special breakfast in bed or a candlelight dinner. Personally, we often stay home on this day simply because the restaurants are just too crowded for our liking, so we go out a week earlier or later.  But I still want a special dinner on February 14th and this year I’m making my Crab & Shrimp Newburg Sauce, which can be served for either breakfast or dinner.  For breakfast I would serve this over a plain omelet, and for dinner I would serve this in puff pastry shells or over a bed of rice, either way it’s a special dish.

Crab & Shrimp Newburg, photo by Doug Korody
Crab & Shrimp Newburg, photo by Doug Korody

A Romantic Dinner or Brunch for Valentine's Day

Serving Size: 4-6


  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ pound raw shrimp (I like to cut them in half)
  • 2 Tbsp. onions, chopped
  • 1 ½ cup mushrooms, sliced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. dry white wine, or you can use Sherry
  • ½ pound crab meat, picked over for shells


  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter and cook the shrimp until just turning pink. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Add the onions and mushrooms to the skillet and cook until soft. Add the flour, salt, paprika, and pepper. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly add the milk and Worcestershire sauce and cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  3. Stir in the beaten egg yolks. Add the white wine and crab meat, stir gently until mixed, reheat over low heat. Serve immediately or keep warm in the top of a double boiler until serving time.


Serving Suggestions.

Breakfast/brunch: make a plain omelet and serve the sauce over the top. Or toast an English muffin, top with some spinach leaves and a poached egg, then the Newburg sauce.

Dinner: Make puff pastry shells per package directions. Serve the Newburg sauce in the cooked shells. Add a green salad to round out the meal.

Serve over a bed of rice or noodles.

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