Valentine’s Day Date Night Meals

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Trying to find an open reservation on Valentine’s Day can be one of the biggest headaches you’ll experience throughout the year. You’re not alone in wanting to show that special someone that you care, but that doesn’t mean a fancy night out is you only option. Instead, you can show off your prowess in the kitchen by making a date night meal that will fill their belly as much as it’ll warm their hearts.

It’s certainly the thought that counts, which is why you don’t need to spend a lot of money showing them you care this year. Instead, here are some Valentine’s Day date night meals that anyone can make as part of a romantic evening in.

Valentine’s Appetizers

Get the night started off right with an appetizer that will be just enough to whet the palate without filling them up. These mushroom canapés are to die for, offering a light bread base with fresh garnish.  An alternative option are these truly Rockin’ Oysters Rockefeller. Oysters are a great option to start any date night, and this recipe will take the taste to the next level. Couples watching their weight may want to consider this artichoke hearts gratin, a healthy option to begin the evening.

Valentine’s Cocktails

Valentines-Day-DinnerShow off your bartending skills as you add flavorful drinks to your Valentine’s menu. This recipe for a Hot Tottie is great for those who love whiskey. The honey addition will add even more flavor to a classic favorite. Consider mixing things up with this Hot and Sweet Cocktail, the perfect addition to any of the options on this list. The sweet tastes of agave nectar and strawberries are quite refreshing, as the Sriracha Vodka adds a kick of spice. Seal the evening with this raspberry chocolate kiss martini, a dessert cocktail that’ll bring romance to your night.

Valentine’s Main Course

That special someone will think you’re much more talented in the kitchen then you truly are, as this recipe for herb-garlic crusted flank steak with pan-roasted grapes is surprisingly easy to make. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have a hearty meal that is perfect for a romantic evening. Or if you want to really show off, do so with this Lobster Colorado. It takes a bit to juggle, but the end result is a Valentine’s main course that they’ll never forget.

Valentine’s Desserts

Cap the night with a final course that appeals to the sweet tooth. This chocolate blackout cake is as decadent and sweet as the person you’re making it for. Or if you prefer something with individual portions, go with these chocolate melting cakes. They’ll melt in a hurry if you don’t eat them quickly, but they are so delicious that’s likely not going to be an issue.

Continue to amaze your love with a full menu of Valentine’s options that’ll warm their heart. From the first bite to the last sip, the Valentine’s Day date night meals on this list are perfect for a romantic evening in.

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