A romantic dinner at home is an intimate way to show your love for your partner. With a little planning and preparation, you can surprise your loved one with an unforgettable meal for two.
Set the mood with soft music and candles, and don’t forget the table decor. Finish the evening with a delicious dessert like bananas foster.
Sweet potatoes are a versatile, nutritious food that can be used in just about any recipe. You can microwave, bake, mash, steam, saute, or even fry them. They provide an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and they have a high nutritional value for their low calorie count. They also contain a good amount of fiber, which helps to control blood sugar spikes and promote digestive health.
Whether you add them to chili, stir them into soups and stews, or roast them, sweet potato dishes make for hearty dinners that are rich in nutrients. They are easy to prepare and can be served with a variety of different toppings and sides.
Try this simple yet flavorful dish, combining tender sweet potatoes and juicy filet mignon with a buttery herb sauce. The flavors combine into a hearty, satisfying meal that’s perfect for a date night or a family dinner.
You’ll love the sweet, creamy texture of this sweet potato mash, flavored with garlic and chives for subtle nuance. This savory side dish goes well with almost any entree and can be easily made vegan by replacing the butter with a non-dairy spread or margarine.
This flavorful and healthy weeknight dinner comes together quickly with the help of canned coconut milk. Tender sweet potatoes and bell peppers swim in a luscious broth of coconut milk and Thai curry paste, and the whole dish is topped with fresh cilantro and crunchy peanuts for an extra pop of flavor.
The key to deliciously caramelized sweet potato fries is to cook them at a high temperature and toss them in a flavorful marinade. You can use any kind of sweet marinade that you prefer, including ketchup and barbecue sauce. Toss the seasoned slices with oil and roast in the oven at 425 degrees, flipping the sweet potatoes halfway through the cooking process for an evenly cooked and caramelized result. For the best results, choose a type of orange flesh sweet potato (such as Jewel or Red Garnet) rather than a white-fleshed variety. You’ll find these at grocery stores and farmers markets.
New England Clam Chowder
Clam chowder is a winter classic that’s incredibly easy to make. Toss your favorite clams with some smoky bacon, russet potatoes and fresh cream to create this warm and hearty soup. The result is a flavorful meal that’s sure to impress your date and leave them wanting more.
New England and Manhattan clam chowder are two distinct styles of this beloved dish that typically divide people into two camps – those who prefer the traditional, milky-white New England version, or those who love the hearty, tomato-based Manhattan variety. Each style has its own unique set of ingredients and flavors that give it its own identity, but both are a comforting dinner option for cold weather.
To get the perfect chowder, start with high-quality ingredients and prepare ahead to save time. Bacon can be cooked and drained and then chopped and kept refrigerated until ready to use. Onions, celery and leeks can also be diced and kept at room temperature until needed. And, if you plan to use fresh clams, they can be steamed and their meat scooped out and coarsely chopped so that they’re ready for the chowder. If you’re using canned clams, just open and add the clam juice from the can to the pot.
Heat the butter in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Sauté onions and celery for 5-7 minutes or until softened. Sprinkle in the flour and stir to incorporate. Cook for an additional minute. Stir in clam juice, chicken broth, garlic, red pepper flakes, and seasonings. Add potatoes and bay leaf, and simmer until the potato is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
Before adding clams, strain the stock to remove any unopened clams and discard. Toss the clam meat with a little of the reserved clam liquid to ensure that it’s well mixed in and not chunky. When the chowder is nearly finished cooking, stir in the clams and remove from heat.
For extra flavor, top your chowder with a sprinkle of parsley, crumbles of smoked bacon and a handful of oyster crackers. For a lighter touch, skip the bacon or replace it with turkey bacon or a vegetarian substitute to keep the calorie count low.
Lobster Mac and Cheese
Lobster mac and cheese is a decadent seafood pasta bake with succulent lobster, rich Havarti and Gruyere cheese sauce, and a buttery breadcrumb topping. This indulgent meal is perfect for a special occasion, romantic dinner, or whenever you want to impress your love one with a gourmet dish.
Cooking lobster is relatively easy, but it can be a bit time consuming if you are making it from scratch. The most common way to prepare lobster is to steam it. This involves putting the lobsters into a pot of boiling water and extracting the meat from the shells. However, you can also poach the lobsters by simmering them in butter on your stovetop. Both methods result in tender, delicious lobster meat that is a great addition to your lobster mac and cheese.
If you’d prefer to save time and money, simply purchase a pound of cooked lobster tails from your grocery store. You can also buy frozen lobster tails, which will work just as well in this recipe. If you’re using frozen lobster, just follow the directions on the package to thaw and cook.
This lobster mac and cheese is very simple to make. The key is to use the best quality ingredients. Choose a high-quality cheese like Havarti and Gruyere, as well as fresh breadcrumbs for the topping. Also, be sure to use a short noodle for this recipe (like shellbows or cavatappi) to allow the noodles to fully soak up the cheese sauce.
Once the pasta, cheeses, and buttery breadcrumbs are prepared, it’s time to prepare the lobster. If you are using lobster tails, remove the meat from the shells and reserve the shells. Then, saute the lobster meat with butter and branches of thyme until it is tender. This will bring out the lobster flavor and add a deliciously delicate smoky, herb note to your mac and cheese.
To serve, garnish the mac and cheese with the reserved lobster meat and a sprinkle of the breadcrumb topping. A fresh arugula salad with a zesty lemon vinaigrette offers a peppery, tangy contrast to the creamy pasta. Roasted root vegetables, like carrots, parsnips, and beets, are another tasty accompaniment.
When it comes to a romantic dinner for two, nothing beats the comfort of eating at home. Skip the crowded restaurants and long lines on Valentine’s Day, your anniversary or any other special occasion and cook up a delicious and memorable meal for your sweetheart right at home. Our collection of Romantic Dinner Ideas features a wide variety of dishes for every taste, including fancy seafood recipes, elegant pastas and succulent steaks.
To ensure your meal turns out perfectly, try to prepare any dishes you can ahead of time. For example, if you’re making our Steak Gorgonzola Flatbread, try cooking the mushroom and cherry tomatoes the night before to keep them extra soft. Also, if you’re planning on making our Lobster Mac and Cheese, using brick-style cream cheese instead of the tub-style will give your dish a richer, more decadent flavor.
You can even make these meals feel restaurant-worthy by setting the mood with the perfect music and table decorations. Dim the lights, turn on your favorite romantic playlist and if you’re feeling creative, add some flower petals to the table for a nice touch.
Once you’re finished with your candlelit meal, it’s time to move onto dessert and some showstopping treats will help you finish off your romantic dinner on a high note. Whether you’re preparing for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or any other special occasion, these sweet and creamy desserts will be sure to wow your love.
Chocolate is always a crowd-pleaser, so these chocolate truffles are a must for any romantic dinner. You can also serve your special someone a show-stopping fruit tart like this one, made with beautiful fresh berries and creamy chocolate that’s then set on fire for some added drama.
And, if you’re looking for a more unique sweet treat, consider baking these heart-shaped cheesecakes for your loved one. For the best results, use a high-quality cream cheese that’s firm and avoid over-mixing the filling. If you find that your cheesecakes aren’t quite as cheesy and smooth as they should be, simply place the desserts in the refrigerator for a few hours to stiffen up.