We’re lead to believe Valentine’s Day has a formula: Chocolate + swanky dinner reservations + love = Great success! So the love part is a nonnegotiable, but hey, some couples prefer pjs over glitzy date-wear, while others think chocolate is overrated. But for us? Well, we have found cooking together can be far sexier than choosing from a menu.
If you’re up for a date night in, too, then follow the flowchart to see which one of our five fantastic menus you should tackle with your honey, then get the recipes below.
What to Make on Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day Menus
The Good Stuff Menu
Stuffed veggies already feel innately special, but when bookended with a fantastic salad to start and a pear tart with cardamom blueberry butter for dessert, you’ve got a knock-out Valentine’s Day dinner menu. This offering is vegetarian-friendly, but will satisfy all manner of meat-eaters.
Flirty Fondue Menu
Here’s a menu for the classic (albeit goofy) romantics—we’re talking about the folks that want to giggle and swoon over each other as they cuddle between messy bites. It’s also a great option for those who want to stay in without spending an exorbitant amount of time in the kitchen.
Set the Scene: Lay out a blanket in the living room and use cushions and pillows for seating. Make sure the fondue pot has a solid surface to stand on and isn’t at risk of being knocked over (fondue is really hot—and we’re not talking about the sexy kind of hot).
Pizza and a Movie Menu
Forget giant teddy bears and grand gestures! You’re the couple that likes to kick back, relax and spend time together without the fanfare. While we’re in full support of low-key, we challenge you to save Papa John’s for another night and opt for a cheesy, homemade pizza dinner instead with fun red velvet cheesecake brownies for dessert.
Lovebirds Lobster Dinner Menu
This is a menu for the all-star romantics (or those still in the doghouse for last year’s Valentine’s Day…) featuring recipes designed to challenge those offered at five-star restaurants. Set the ambience with Sinatra and an army of candles for the full effect. Between the tender, bright red lobster tails and chocolate espresso soufflés, you’ll be falling in love all over again.
Standout Steak Menu
It’s hard to go wrong, or appear anything but impressive, when you prepare classy steak and potatoes on V-Day. To mark the occasion, splurge for the finest cuts from a local butcher and serve with pours of your favorite wine.
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