Don’t buy into the “holiday” hype on Valentine’s Day. Have her swooning instead with handmade goodies, like these chocolate-covered strawberries.
This recipe is from Brian Melton of the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram.
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2 dozen fresh strawberries
12-ounce bag of semisweet chocolate morsels
Wash berries and thoroughly pat dry. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate using either the defrost setting or 10 percent power in the microwave. Use one-minute increments until you see the chocolate start to sag and glisten, then stir with a spoon and continue gently nuking until your stirring pays off with a smooth consistency. As you stir, the chocolate will flow together and melt, so don't overdo the nuke. Less is more: You can easily stir out unmelted chocolate but can't fix burned-on chocolate.
Insert a toothpick into the top of each strawberry, then dip the lower portion of the berry into the melted chocolate. Withdraw slowly, give it a small shake to fill in all the cracks, then swirl with a clockwise motion to spin off remaining chocolate.
Allow strawberries to cool on a sheet pan covered with wax paper for about 10 minutes, then chill. Serve within two days.
Note: Buy strawberries with green caps intact. If buying a container, make sure it's not stained, which indicates overly soft berries.