Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas
1303
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-1303,single-format-standard,bridge-core-2.3.1,qode-restaurant-3.0,ajax_updown,page_not_loaded,,qode-title-hidden,paspartu_enabled,paspartu_on_bottom_fixed,qode_grid_1300,footer_responsive_adv,qode_disabled_responsive_button_padding_change,qode-theme-ver-21.7.1,qode-theme-bridge,disabled_footer_bottom,qode_header_in_grid,elementor-default,elementor-kit-1351,elementor-page elementor-page-1303

Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas

The season of love is upon us, and taking the time and effort to cook a special meal for your partner is one of the most romantic things you can do! Not to mention it saves you from crowding awkwardly with a bunch of other couples and also a ton off the overly inflated restaurant prices over the holiday. We recommend a 3-course dinner – appetiser, main and dessert. If you’re worried about not being able to manage, skip to the main and use some easy prepped or pre-prepped appetisers and desserts to complete the meal. Easy! So clear the kids out the house or book a staycation with a cute kitchenette (whichever applies to you) and let’s get physical cooking!

I. Appetiser Ideas

1. Tomato Bruschetta

Difficulty Level: Beginner   Effort Level(1-10):2 

Photo Source: simplyrecipes.com

These little bites of bread with chopped tomatoes, infused with olive oil and garlic are like bites of heaven. All you need to do is mix chopped tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and some basil. Put the mixture on top of toasted baguette slices. So easy and tasty but looks so impressive! A personal favourite of ours. 

Recipe here: https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/bruschetta_with_tomato_and_basil/

2. Mushroom Soup

Difficulty Level: Beginner  Effort Level(1-10):3

Creamy Mushroom soup is a classic starter and always a crowd pleaser.  It can be made ahead, making it easier if you’re prepping a few courses. Add in some truffle oil to up the luxuriousness of the dish. To impress your date even more, save some cream to drizzle over the top of your soup and add some parsley flakes before serving. We personally prefer the mushrooms blended and creamed (just like in restaurants!), but do note that you require a blender for that. No worries if you don’t have a blender, we’ve included recipes for both scenarios. 

Mushroom soup recipe with blender: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3138673/mushroom-soup 

Mushroom soup recipe without blender: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/quick-cream-of-mushroom-soup/  

3. Smoked Salmon Avocado Cucumber bites

Difficulty Level: Beginner  Effort Level(1-10):2

Photo Source: downshiftology.com

If you and your dining companion are health aficionados, this one’s for you. This recipe has no carbs and uses healthy fats in avocadoes to create a nice creaminess to go with the smoked salmon. Looks cute and special occasion appropriate too!

Recipe from downshiftology here: https://downshiftology.com/recipes/smoked-salmon-avocado-cucumber-bites/

4. Honey Nut Baked Brie

Difficulty Level: Beginner  Effort Level(1-10):1

Photo Source: celebratingsweets.com

We tried this at a restaurant once and were completely blown away by how good it was. Melted warm creamy brie mixed with honey and topped with nuts and dried fruit is a magical combination. The only thing that can top that is dipping toasted warm bread into it. This is one of those combination of flavours that just work and is sooo easy to prepare yet looks super impressive. There’s no need to be precise with the ingredients at all either. The one important thing is to make sure to eat it while it’s warm and melted. Once it cools down, the magic is lost. 

Reference recipe here: https://celebratingsweets.com/honey-rosemary-walnut-baked-brie/ 

5. Good Ol' Cheese Platter

Difficulty Level: Beginner  Effort Level(1-10):1

Nothing says romance more than a nice little cheese platter. An especially good idea if you’re having wine with your dinner. We say have a cheese with crackers, some chacuterie and fruits (like grapes) and nuts for a more complete platter. If you’re not too sure about cheeses go with milder, easy going classics, like a brie or camembert (soft cheese) or cheddar (hard cheese). For meats we love home-grown Singapore brand Carne Meats products, available at local supermarkets. 

II. Mains

1. Steak with creamed spinach and garlic butter mushrooms

Difficulty Level: Beginner/Intermediate  Effort Level(1-10):5

This main requires cooking of the steak and two sides, therefore the higher effort and difficulty level. Otherwise the items on their own aren’t hard to manage. The key with cooking steaks is to make sure that the pan is hot enough to sear the meat. Make sure to cook thinner cuts of meat for less time and vice versa. Tip: If you’re new at making your own steak, make sure you make a great sauce to cover any shortcomings of your steak (check out the one we recommend below).  Since there’s a bit more cooking involved, we recommend this one to attempt as couple activity. What’s more romantic than cooking for your other half? Cooking together of course! 

Garlic Butter Steak Recipe: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/garlic-butter-steak/

Creamed Spinach Recipe: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/creamed-spinach 

Garlic Mushrooms Recipe: https://cafedelites.com/garlic-mushrooms/ 

2. Salmon with garlic butter lemon or creamy coriander sauce

Difficulty Level: Beginner/Intermediate  Effort Level(1-10):4

Photo Source: cookingclassy.com

We love having a good seared salmon. This one can be done in two ways, (1) with garlic butter lemon sauce or (2) a creamy coriander sauce.  Both are great options and we couldn’t decide between the two. We recommend serving with boiled asparagus (boil for about 7-10 mins until it is tender when poked through with a fork), then drizzle olive oil, salt and lemon over the asparagus to serve.Make sure you cut the woody bottoms of the asparagus off! 

Garlic butter lemon recipe: https://www.cookingclassy.com/skillet-seared-salmon-with-garlic-lemon-butter-sauce/

Creamy Coriander recipe: https://www.cookingclassy.com/skillet-seared-salmon-with-creamy-cilantro-lime-sauce/

3. Creamy Chicken and Spinach Penne

Difficulty Level: Beginner  Effort Level(1-10):3

We had to have a pasta in here and this is one of our faves. Chicken, bacon, cream, spinach and pasta – what’s not to love. Quick and easy to create too! 

Recipe here: https://tasty.co/recipe/creamy-chicken-penne-pasta 

4. Seafood Cauliflower Risotto

Difficulty Level: Beginner  Effort Level(1-10):3

Seafood Cauliflower Risotto – a great and healthy substitute for rice or pasta and so delicious too! The cauliflower adds a nice depth of flavour with some prawn and scallop goodness. Something a little different to impress your date with and quick to cook too! Although we recommend trying if you have a food processor to chop up the cauliflower into cauliflower rice, otherwise make sure to cater a little more time if you have to use a grater! 

Recipe here: https://cafedelites.com/creamy-garlic-shrimp-cauliflower-rice-risotto/ 

5.One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Asparagus

Difficulty Level: Beginner  Effort Level(1-10):3

Photo Source: Delish.com

This is crowd pleaser, with balsamic vinegar and honey being another magical pairing. What’s more, you cook everything (including the sides) in one pan. What more could you ask for? 

Recipe here: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a54291/one-pan-balsamic-chicken-and-asparagus-recipe/

III. Desserts

1. Chocolate Lava Cake

Difficulty Level: Beginner  Effort Level(1-10):3

Photo Source: BBCgoodfood.com

Another crowd favourite and the rich chocolate with molten centre just makes it the perfect sexy ending to a romantic meal. The best part is that it looks super impressive but really isn’t that hard to prepare. 

Recipe here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/easy-chocolate-molten-cakes

2. Strawberries and Cream Parfait

Difficulty Level: Beginner  Effort Level(1-10):2

Photo Source: tastesoflizzyt.com

Who doesn’t love strawberries and cream? This super easy dessert takes just 15 minutes to make, but still looks like you put in effort. Light and perfect as a finishing touch to a 3-course meal. 

Recipe here: https://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/strawberries-cream-mini-parfaits/

3. No Bake Strawberry Lemonade Cheesecake

Difficulty Level: Beginner  Effort Level(1-10): 2

Photo Source: handletheheat.com

These mini cheesecakes are adorable, no bake and don’t take more than 30 minutes to make. We know you wouldn’t want anything too troublesome especially after preparing 2 courses of a 3 course meal already! These are the perfect little bites to end the evening with. 

Recipe here: https://www.handletheheat.com/no-bake-strawberry-lemonade-mini-cheesecakes/

4. Cookies and cream Ice-Cream Pie

Difficulty Level: Beginner  Effort Level(1-10): 2

Photo Source: Tasty.co

This recipe is a genius way to DIY ice cream cake in 3-steps. Just crush up the oreo biscuits, pack them in the base of a tray and top off with ice-cream. Drizzle chocolate over and freeze. Voila! ice-cream cake. Looks like you put in a ton of effort but really couldn’t be simpler. 

Recipe here: https://tasty.co/compilation/4-easy-3-ingredient-no-bake-desserts

We hope we’ve inspired you to try your hand at cooking your own Valentine’s Day meal! Remember to tag us on @theopenpansg if you try any of these recipes, we’d love to see your creations.  

 

Want to get these recipes, shop for ingredients directly and get all ingredients needed delivered to your doorstep? Check out The Open Pan mobile app here.

“Remember to tag us on @theopenpansg if you try any of these recipes, we’d love to see your creations. Want to get these recipes, shop for ingredients directly and get all ingredients needed delivered to your doorstep? Check out The Open Pan mobile app here.”
theopenpan
theopenpan@gmail.com
No Comments

Post A Comment

    Be the first to know when our Android App is out

    We’re working hard on The Open Pan Android App. Sign up for exclusive Android launch deals!