The Perfect Valentine's Day Dinner for Two
As cheesy as it may sound, I often daydream about having a special someone to cook for. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and cooking is definitely one of my love languages. If I had a boyfriend, instead of going out on Valentine’s Day, I would whip up a decadent and extravagant dinner for two. With enticing aromas, free-flowing wine, and the proper playlist, cooking with a significant other can be incredibly sexy. To encourage you to stay in and treat your honey to a fancy meal, I’ve come up with the perfect spread of Valentine’s Day eats. Here’s an ultimate over-the-top menu that’s sure to wow your sweetheart come February 14.
If you prefer your oysters piping hot from the oven with a umami-salty topping, make these skillet-baked oysters with shiitake mushrooms, bacon, and basil. The topping can be made a couple of hours in advance; just heat it up before you pile it on the oysters. Then bake and devour.
Oysters not your thing? Start your romantic meal with another aphrodisiac: figs. This easy appetizer recipe takes no time to prepare. Simply top halved dried figs with a dollop of ricotta cheese, a sprinkle of toasted pistachios, and a drizzle of honey. Bam! Instant savory and sophisticated hors d'œuvre.
After the richness of the first course, move onto a light and crisp palette-cleansing salad. Toss asparagus with mesclun greens and purple radishes and you’ve got a pretty salad that’s almost too good to eat. If you’re feeling fancy, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the paper-thin slices of radishes into edible hearts.
Lamb chops are my go-to celebratory-meal-at-home protein. They’re not an everyday meat, so whenever I have them, it feels like a treat. Follow this recipe to make mint and cumin-spiced lamb chops. Instead of cooking them on the grill outside, use the broiler to char at a high heat.
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What’s on your menu for a romantic dinner for two?