At Home Dinner Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Instead of going out with the crowd this Valentine's Day, enjoy a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your own home. Whether you're trying to woo that special someone or hosting a night in with a friend, a home-cooked dinner is much more personal and allows you a lot of creative freedom.
Here are a few of our favorite, romantic recipes from our archive – main dishes, desserts, and a few cocktails – that say "true love" in every bite.
Recipe: Parmesan Risotto with Roasted Shrimp
Here's a recipe that lends itself to some togetherness in the kitchen. Easy risotto, stirred meditatively, cooked slowly, with a glass of wine in one hand and the music turned up.
Risotto has a lot going for it. There's the slight edge of fancy, as risotto is something many of us eat at restaurants but not at home. And yet it's so comforting — a simple homestyle dish, really. It's also not difficult. One of the nicest things about risotto is even if you turn one out that's not quite technically perfect in the classical sense — rice a little too soft, sauce not creamy enough, — it's still a really good meal. Check out the recipe here.
Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops
Consider the lamb chop—delicate, tender, juicy, and easy. Rub with some chopped herbs, garlic, salt and pepper, and olive oil, let sit for a bit, sear all over on high heat, let rest a few minutes, and serve.
A lamb chop is such a lovely tender cut of meat, you just don’t have to do much to it. In fact, the only thing you really have to take care with is to not overcook it. Lamb is best served rare, though if you have eaters who prefer their meat medium or well, you can always cook it longer. Serve with some mashed potatoes or celery root, and a salad of mixed greens. Check out the recipe here.
Soufflés may look like a restaurant-only dessert, but they are actually easy to make. Whip them up right after dinner and enjoy while they're still warm from the oven.
Raspberry Chocolate Kiss Martini
Sweeten up your sweetheart with our champagne, raspberry, and chocolate Valentine's Day cocktail.
Crushed raspberries and mint syrup are shaken up with vodka and a splash of cranberry juice to make this red-hot cocktail.