Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and although it can be fun to enjoy dinner out with your partner, opting to avoid the crowds in favor of a gourmet dinner in can be downright romantic. Since you won’t want to spend all day slaving away in the kitchen, or all night cleaning the remnants of a culinary mess, we’ve gathered Valentine’s Day dinner ideas that will make for an easy—yet still impressive—Valentine’s Day dinner in. Bon appétit!
Equal parts sweet and savory, this strawberry bruschetta recipe from Laura McNamara at Simply Scratch is perfectly balanced and delicious. Featuring olive oil, honeyed whipped goat cheese, basil, fresh strawberries and balsamic glaze on top of toasted slices of hearty whole grain bread, the best part about this appetizer is that the honeyed whipped goat cheese can be mixed and refrigerated the day before, and past that this recipe is easy assembly only. Prepare this impressive appetizer in fifteen minutes flat and have plenty of time for cooking the rest of your delicious Valentine’s Day dinner spread, stress-free.
The Main Course
Although steak feels like the traditional choice, we like the idea of switching up your celebratory dinner protein with this baked pork chops recipe from Ali at Gimme Some Oven. Brushed with olive oil, seasoned well with salt and pepper, and seared stovetop in a cast iron skillet for two to three minutes on each side for maximum flavor and golden brown color, the pork chops are then finished in the oven until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees, which is completely cooked through while still being incredibly tender. Keep things simple and prepare some easy roasted vegetables to serve with your cooked-to-perfection pork chops. A toast to your Valentine’s Day dinner.
Last on the Valentine’s Day dinner menu, but certainly not least, this molten chocolate cake recipe by Nila Jones at Serious Eats is seriously delicious. Even though the recipe makes it appear that your baking skills are top level, it’s deceivingly easy to make. Chocolate and butter are melted together, either by heating in 30 second increments in a microwave or on the stovetop using the double boiler method, then powdered sugar, an egg yolk and half of an egg white are whipped in by hand. Once smooth, flour and salt are whisked in to create a perfectly creamy batter. The batter is poured into 4-ounce oven-safe ramekin, which is part of the genius of this recipe—you don’t need to spend time forming a molded molten cake. Bake for about 12 minutes for an outer crust and inner gooeyness. Top with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries.
The Dining Set
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