Whether you’re in a new or established couple, one of these Valentine’s Day dishes is sure to please.
A home-cooked supper is the ultimate expression of affection. Spending Valentine’s Day at home allows you to prepare your significant other a sumptuous meal, such as lobster, steak, or even duck. Here are 33 dishes to help you demonstrate your love, whether it’s via the preparation of the perfect steak, a handmade pasta, or a delicious seafood feast. Have you looked everywhere for the perfect one but still not found it? Visit our Valentine’s Day website for access to dozens more tempting dish ideas. The last touch to your Valentine’s Day meal is the sweet ending it deserves.
1. A Rockefeller-style dish of oysters (Plus a Oaxaca-Inspired Variation)
Whether or whether they have aphrodisiac properties, oysters make a wonderful Valentine’s Day appetiser, especially when paired with a dry white wine. In our version of the meal, spinach is replaced with herbs. Oysters Oaxacafeller are a delicious and unusual alternative to the traditional oysters in a buttery, garlicky sauce.
2. Thyme and fig jam baked into a brie crust
A baked brie round is a delicious addition to any cheese platter. Puff pastry is used to encase the cheese, which is then baked with fig jam and thyme leaves on top. Wrap the brie in puff pastry and serve it with apple and pear compote, or omit the puff pastry and top the brie with honey and pistachios.
3. Goat Cheese and Strawberry Balsamic Bake
It’s only fitting to pair strawberries and cheese on Valentine’s Day, since both are romantic dishes (I can’t be the only one who finds cheese romantic). This dip’s tartness comes from a blend of goat cheese, cream cheese, and honey. After the dip has been baked till golden and melty, we top it with a blend of fresh strawberries, basil, and a balsamic reduction.
4. Fried Artichokes, a Roman-Jewish Dish (Carciofi alla Giudia)
These artichokes, spread out like blossoms, are a cut above the usual fried food. By frying them twice, we get the desired result of both soft and crispy meat. Fry the artichokes in olive oil for the most authentic taste, but switch to a neutral oil if you want the artichoke flavour to really stand out.
5. Mushrooms and Traditional Artichokes à la Barigoule
You’re not keen on artichokes that have been double-fried. One of the most well-known recipes to come out of the Provence area of France is artichokes à la barigoule, and they make a great substitute. Stuffed artichokes are coated in pancetta and simmered till soft and delicious.
6. Pistachio-Crumbled Beet Gratin
The pinkish red hue of this creamy beet gratin is really appropriate for the Valentine’s Day holiday. Beets, with their earthy flavour, are cut thinly, stacked, and doused in a creamy sauce flavoured with chilli peppers. The cream is reduced as the mixture bubbles, and the beets reach a forkable texture. Pistachios, panko bread crumbs, and a dash of sugar are combined for a crunchy, salty topping that perfectly complements the meal and tames the mild heat of the chile.
7. Calamari in a Red Sauce, Deep-Fried
These Italian-American appetisers are a romantic way to set the tone for the rest of your supper. Calamari is one of the easiest fried meals to make. How do we ensure that our squid is never rubbery or mushy? Combining the dredging with cornflour and baking powder. Put out a bowl of the red sauce on the side and some lemon wedges with the crispy, delicious entrée.
8. Slow-Cooked Lamb Shoulder
Since rack of lamb can be rather expensive, I want to make sure I prepare it properly. Sous-vide cooking is the simplest method to get perfectly pink lamb every time, all the way through. Sear the lamb on a scorching hot cast-iron pan after it has finished cooking. There will be heavy smoke, so make sure the windows are wide and the fan is running.
9. Short Ribs in a Chinese Soy, Orange, and Five-Spice Powder Braising
Can’t afford a dry-aged steak right now? If you’re looking for a treat that won’t break the bank, try some short ribs. Here, we use a Chinese-inspired marinade of soy sauce, orange zest and juice, ginger, and five-spice powder to roast the ribs low and slow. It doesn’t matter whether you cook them in a slow cooker or a Dutch oven, they’ll turn out very tender either way.
10. Broiled Beef Shanks in Red Wine Sauce
You may save even more money on Valentine’s Day by opting for beef shanks. This homey, country-style cut becomes soft and delicious after being braised in red wine. After the shanks have finished cooking, the braising liquid and aromatics may be reduced to make a flavorful sauce. The creamy marrow inside the bones is an added bonus.
11. One-Pan Pork Tenderloin with Figs Soaked in Bourbon
The prep and cooking time for this elegant pork tenderloin is just 30 minutes. All of the pork’s cooking takes place in a pan on the stove, and it’s served with a sauce prepared from figs soaked in bourbon, whole grain mustard, maple syrup, and chicken stock thickened with gelatin.
12. A+ Moules Marinières (Sailor-Style Mussels)
Snacking on mussels is like indulging in a pleasure, but they’re surprisingly cheap. They may be cooked in a wide variety of ways and require little effort. For this dish, we stick with the tried-and-true moules marinières, simmering the mollusks in a broth seasoned with shallots, leeks, garlic, and white wine (or dry cider). Add some garlicky aioli to the soup to thicken it, and serve with crusty bread for soaking up the delicious sauce.
13. New Pasta in a Vivid Beet Color
Homemade pasta communicates “I love you” much more than an expensive steak, and you don’t even need meat or shellfish for a romantic evening. Make our fresh egg spaghetti and colour it pink with beet purée for a special Valentine’s Day meal. Colorful and versatile, beet purée may be used in place of any other vegetable. For a more robust beet flavour, roast the beets beforehand.
14. Tortellini with Mushroom Sauce, Made in Your Own Kitchen
Even if you’ve never cooked pasta before, these handmade tortellini are an easy next step if you’re confident with the basics. To create these, all you need is some patience and a cookie cutter, but they appear like they would be tough to produce. The filling we use is a mushroom purée flavoured with Parmesan and shallots, but you can use anything you want as long as it is fairly dry and won’t cause the tortellini to burst during cooking.
15. Uovo in Raviolo (Runny Egg Yolk Ravioli)
Big ravioli packed with a delicate egg yolk nestled in a ring of ricotta will blow your date away, but tortellini will do the trick as well. They have the appearance of something you’d find at an upscale restaurant, but you can prepare them successfully at home if you take your time.
16. Soufflé with savoury cheese and other ingredients
Prepared correctly, this delicious cheese soufflé is more easier than it seems. The oven door may be opened, and no, you don’t have to go on your tiptoes while the food is cooking. The beaten egg whites and salty Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese in this soufflé create the ideal dish for a candlelit evening for two.
17. Quail with Plum Pan Sauce, Roasted in a Pan
Pan-roasted quail is a sophisticated and attractive main course for a special occasion. The quail can be prepared in about ten minutes, and a fast plum sauce flavoured with butter and honey brings the meal together.
18. Strip Steak with Sour Cream and Chives to Be Broiled
Your Valentine’s Day supper should be the focus, not the preparation. Steak, mushrooms, and sour cream flavoured with chives are grilled in a single pan. What seems like a time-consuming supper will be done in a flash, and it will taste just as good.
19. Pigeon, Whole, Boiled, with Blistered Shishito Peppers and Tomatoes
A simple preparation method is the secret to a delicious and impressive roast fish. Here, we broil a full porgy till its skin is crisp and the meat is delicate and delicious. This elegant-looking meal needs next to no effort on your part, so the cleanup is a breeze.
20. Flank Steak With Peaches And Dandelion Greens, Pan-Seared
Moist and succulent steak is paired with peach wedges and wilted dandelion greens in this recipe. While the steak is cooking, a rich fond forms on the bottom of the pan. Rather of letting it go to waste, we scrape it up and use it to cover the peaches and greens. What’s even better? In only 15 minutes, you can have this vibrant meal on the table.
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