Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but don’t fret if you didn’t snag a reservation at the latest hip restaurant in town. We’ve designed a romantic, red-themed menu that has you covered from drinks to dessert. By cooking Valentine’s Day dinner in the comfort of your own home, you can handpick the menu and spend quality time as a couple without having to brave crowds or get dressed up. This menu is designed to be indulgent and satisfying but also fairly easy to prepare, keeping things low stress and fun. Set the table with nice linens and fine china or sit cross-legged with paper plates on the couch — whatever your heart desires. Crack open the champagne and cozy up at home this Valentine’s Day.
What’s a celebration without champagne? Vodka, citrus, and a little sugar give the standard glass of bubbly a little something extra. Bright red maraschino cherries couldn’t be a more fitting garnish for a Valentine’s Day cocktail. (Recipe and photo: FoodieCrush on NoshOn.It)
Opt for a sexier version of bruschetta with this recipe that combines melted, creamy cheese with sweet tomatoes and balsamic. Both Camembert and Brie work well in this dish, so choose your favorite. This appetizer is easy to put together and full of intense flavor, making it an ideal first course. (Recipe and photo: Andres Dragond Blog on NoshOn.It)
Duck has a rich, meaty flavor, similar to dark meat poultry or steak, making it a natural choice for an indulgent meal for two. It pairs well with fruit, and this bright pomegranate reduction contrasts perfectly with the richness of the duck breast. Skip the oven portion of this recipe if you like to see a little more red in your protein. (Recipe and photo: The Roasted Root)
Sweet, salty, juicy, crunchy—this unique salad has it all, and, thanks to the roasted beets and blood oranges, it looks pretty too. Duck and orange go together like salt and pepper, so this side is a nice, light accompaniment to the main dish. (Recipe and photo: Girl Versus Dough)
Speaking of classic pairings, there may be nothing more satisfying than meat and potatoes. Simple, fresh ingredients are best for this unique take on the classic side, so opt for fresh garlic and rosemary over dried. These smashed potatoes come out golden and crispy, and their red skin keeps this dish within the Valentine’s Day color scheme. (Recipe and photo: Bourbon and Honey)
It is hard to say what is the best part about this recipe. These truffles are definitely decadent, but, perhaps even better, they are also easy to make and can be prepared up to two days ahead of time, leaving you more time to prepare the rest of the meal and more time to focus on each other. (Recipe and photo: The Little Kitchen)
Surprise your significant other with this morning-time twist on the classic romantic dessert. Cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and chocolate sauce take these pancakes to a new level of indulgence. Best served in bed on V-Day morning…or better yet, the morning after. (Recipe and photo: Dessert for Two)