Fondue for two? Real original, Valentine. Instead of plating something thatâs completely clichÃ©, treat your crush to a decadent meal that proves you care about them. That said, check out these ideas. Each one is perfectly romantic and creates a swoon-worthy dinner thatâll be love at first bite.
Alright, alright â you may have a hard time eating veal but you should try to shelf your guilt. Besides being absolutely delicious, vealâs pretty good for you, as itâs packed with vitamins and minerals. As long as your date doesnât mind the ethics of it, veal presents itself as a dreamy dinner contender, especially a recipe like this one. It pairs the tender meat with asparagus, which is an aphrodisiac (meow).
These tender fillets may just be cute enough to win over your crush. If you go out to eat, this piece of tenderloin is priced rather high. But, if youâre at home, itâs way more affordable, allowing you to whip up a delicious meal that looks (and tastes) really expensive, even though itâs not.
Nothing is more decadent than sweet, creamy lobster meat, which means your date will really appreciate the effort. Trying to figure out where to get plastic bibs? Yeah, not sexy. Check out this recipe before you get cracking on dinner to avoid screwing up your crushâs swanky v-day attire.
Get a little closer to your Valentine with these stimulating shellfish. Theyâre super fun to eat together and this recipe of simple wine, butter, and garlic sauce is sinful. Just make sure youâre picky about where youâre getting the mussels from and beware of those that are cracked or open.
Yeah, it is all itâs quaked up to be. Duck has been eaten for over 4,000 years (we canât say that about everything) and is a delicacy all over the world. Depending on where you live, you may have a hard time getting your hand on this bird. Generally, you can buy it frozen in super markets, but for the fresh stuff, youâll probably have to hit up a small butcher shop. After you do, check out a recipe like this one thatâs perfect for making your date swoon.
Regardless of whether theyâre from the sea or a bay, scallops are a low-fat, nutritional delicacy. Due to the population of these mollusks, they can be fairly pricey, which makes you look like a pro when youâre plating them for your date. This recipe may not be for everyone â itâs moderately eccentric â but if youâre trying to impress, itâs a great way to do so (and itâs full of aphrodisiacs).
Alright, keep your shirt on. Oysters have certain powers â like all shellfish, really â but for some reason, theyâre promoted more than other foods due to their aphrodisiac properties. Some say that when you eat oysters, you become more aware. Your senses sharpen. Your date looks hotter. Thus, in serving some at your romantic soiree, youâll be making it one to remember.
Iâm not suggesting you take a sushi class tomorrow (unless you really want to, of course) but if youâre practiced in the art of sushi, there are few things more impressive than making it at home. This recipe is pretty basic, but shows you how to craft your rolls into hearts, which is pretty darn cute.
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Oh please, you know you want to. On V-day, itâs okay to be a little extra cutesy. Go ahead: indulge in your secret fantasy of eating the same piece of pasta Ã la Lady and the Tramp. Sure, it seems pretty sappy and over done, but itâs a classic meal for a classic date.
You may be thinking that the fact that itâs Valentineâs Day doesnât mean you should break the bank or spend hours in the kitchen to produce a delicious meal. I too think that good food should be quick to make and come primarily in the form of pizza. But, since you should put some effort into your date, skip your routine bee-line to the grocery storeâs frozen section and make a pizza from scratch. Who knows, you could even top it with some of those delightful aphrodisiacs mentioned earlier. (Others include avocados, basil, and chili peppers.)
About the Author:
“Katie Straw” is the Gourmet Scribe at GourmetGiftBaskets.com, one of the top suppliers of gift baskets in the nation, and currently resides in Manchester, New Hampshire.