Planning to cook up a romantic meal for two on Valentine’s Day? I have created a Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu Guide filled with recipes that are sure to impress your significant other – without requiring you to spend your whole day in the kitchen.
Valentine’s Day is the second busiest day of the year at restaurants. Only Mother’s Day is busier! Skip the loud crowded restaurants and cook a special dinner at home instead. Put some music on, pour some wine, and cook together.
Step 1: Make Dinner at Home Feel Special
You can make dinner at home feel a bit more special by setting the table with flowers and candles. Add a table runner or a table cloth. Break out the silver and your fancy wine glasses.
Another way that a meal at home can feel more celebratory is to start the night by mixing up a cocktail. We usually just sip beer or wine at home, so when I go to the effort of making a cocktail is feels more special since it isn’t part of our normal routine.
Making an appetizer is another way to differentiate Valentine’s Day dinner from the ordinary dinner at home.
Step 2: Plan a Menu
I included a variety of recipes on this list. Most are so easy that even beginner cooks can prepare them with ease. Some are more advanced or time-consuming. All of these recipes can be scaled to serve just two people.
I think that dessert is essential on Valentine’s Day. I included some simple no-bake recipes for two on the list, plus some small-batch desserts since it doesn’t really make sense to make a whole cake or pie for two.
If you want to give sweets as a gift, I did include my easy recipe for homemade truffles.
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Valentine's Day Dinner Menu Guide
Create the perfect romantic meal at dinner at home with this Valentine's Day Dinner Menu Guide. I have rounded up a variety of recipes that you can use to make for a special dinner for two!
Roast a chicken! It's easier than you might think and roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy is comfort food at its best. Roast chicken comes to mind because I used to work at a chic restaurant in New York City and the roasted chicken sold out every night.
Keep things casual and make pizza! This pizza has a gluten-free zucchini crust, it's easy to make and a fun way to make pizza totally from scratch. You can make a vegetarian pizza, or add any toppings you want.
One pot, 30 minutes, and one seriously impressive main course. First the pork gets covered in a mixture of butter, mustard, shallots, garlic, thyme, and tarragon. Then it's seared and cooked with white wine and mushrooms. It's exceptionally good, and even people who are new to cooking can make this.
Risotto is one of those meals that people order at restaurants assuming that it is too hard to prepare at home. But, risotto is so easy to make in just 20 minutes and you can add your favorite vegetables and cheese.
The scent of mushrooms sauteeing in sherry is one of the best cooking smells there is. The active preparation time for this meal is just 20 minutes, and I love the combination of tender chicken in a rich creamy sherry mushroom sauce. I like to serve this over rice.
Steak gets rolled up with a mix of cheese, herbs, and breadcrumbs, seared, and then slow cooked in tomato sauce. This is one of those recipes that looks impressive, even though it's pretty easy to make.
Making a sauce to go along with a steak is an easy way to recreate the steakhouse experience at home. I like to serve this meal with a baked potato, just like the steakhouses do. (Just search this site for Steakhouse Style Twice Baked Potatoes).