A Romantic Meal Idea:
Finding the perfect gift for a man can seem impossible. They're so picky! So stop worrying so much about the gift and worry about dinner instead. With a great romantic meal idea and the perfect recipes, he won't even notice that you got him a pen-flashlight for Valentine's day.
A note about recipe names... From a light-but-delicious filet mignon to a fiery dessert, this menu is the best romantic meal idea for your anniversary or Valentine dinner party for two. I've even given all the recipes ultra-silly names so you can laugh together about how glad you are not to be married to (or dating) someone as ridiculous as me.
This creamy, easy appetizer is a great start to your romantic dinner. Served with either bread or fruit, you can decide how filling you want it
to be. The original recipe stated that this serves four. My hubby likes it so much that it serves two in our house. You're not big pigs like us?
Scale it down by half.
Camembert "Melts my Heart" with Truffle-Cuddle Cream
2 tsp. shallots, minced
1 tsp. butter
1 C. heavy cream
1 tsp. white truffle oil
2 tsp. finely chopped fresh chives
4 oz. camembert, room temperature
salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions: In saucepan, cook shallots in butter over med-high heat, until softened.
Add cream. Simmer, uncovered, until reduced to about 2/3 cup.
Remove from heat. Stir in truffle oil.
Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in chives.
Cut Camembert cheese into two wedges and arrange on plates.
Pour hot cream sauce over and around cheese.
Serve with your choice of fresh fruits, nuts, and breads. Serves 2-4.
Note: Want to use this for a main meal? A rich, romantic meal idea that guys will love is to serve this over a cheeseburger. After all, what says love to a man like beef smothered in cheese?
Romantic Main Dish:
This steak is a great romantic meal idea, because while it's tender and super flavorful, it's also relatively light. Served with roasted
asparagus (recipe below) and mashed or baked potato, this is the perfect recipe for a romantic dinner for two. Without all the fat of lots of
butter or cream, it leaves room (and energy) for all kinds of desserts. Wink wink.
Filet Mignon with Mushroom-Wine Sauce of Love
2 tbsp. butter, divided
3 tbsp. shallots, minced
1/4 C. fresh shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
3/4 C. dry red wine, divided (cabernet is nice)
5 fl. oz. beef consomme
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
2 (4 ounce) filet mignon steaks
1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. dried thyme
fresh thyme (garnish)
Instructions: In a nonstick frying pan, saute shallots and mushrooms in 1 tbsp butter for about 4 mins, til tender.
Add 1/2 cup of red wine and 3 fl. oz consomme. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the mushrooms from sauce, set aside.
Boil wine mixture over high heat until reduced to 1/4 cup.
Combine sauce with mushrooms in bowl. Set aside. In another bowl, combine combine soy sauce with cornstarch. Set aside.
Sprinkle filets with pepper to taste. Saute steaks in remaining 1 tbsp butter over medium heat, about 3 minutes per side for a 1-inch thick steak.
Reduce fire to medium-low heat; cook steaks until desired level of doneness. Remove from pan, keep warm.
Add the rest of the red wine and beef consommé to the skillet, scraping to deglaze pan and incorporate tasty steak bits into the sauce. Bring to a boil. Boil for one minute. Add mushroom/sauce mixture, cornstarch/soy sauce mixture, and the thyme. Boil one minute, stirring constantly, until thickened.
Place steaks on plate and pour sauce over. Garnish with fresh thyme. Serves 2.
Romantic Side Dish:
This is a great recipe for a Valentine dinner party or romantic dinner-- it's easy, light, and flavorful. You just toss it together and forget
about it. The asparagus bakes in the oven (along with a pair of baked potatoes to make a scrumptious but simple romantic meal) while the rest of
the dinner comes together. After all, sweating your butt off in the kitchen isn't a very romantic meal idea.
Garlic and Love all the Thyme Roasted Asparagus
1 lb. green asparagus, washed, ends snapped off
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
coarse sea salt, to taste
Ingredients: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place asparagus in an oven-safe dish. Sprinkle with garlic and dot with butter. Pour olive over asparagus, sprinkle with thyme and pepper. Add salt to taste.
Roast uncovered 40 minutes, tossing halfway through cook time. Serves 2.
Did you know asparagus was an aphrodisiac? Check out some other aprhodisiac ingredients here. We use lots of them in our menu-- after all, tossing in an aphrodisiac or two isn't a bad romantic meal idea.
I have yet to meet a man that does not love bananas foster!
Ignite the Flames of My Desire Bananas Foster
It's rum-rich, creamy, and spicy with cinnamon. Also, the flames are sorta sexy
(this works especially well if your man is a pyromaniac), as is the sensual combination of cold and hot, making it a great romantic meal idea if
you want a sensual dessert. The recipe was originally intended to feed four, but we can eat this between the two of us, no problem. (Do you see an eating pattern emerging here?)
1/4 C. butter
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 C. dark rum
1/4 C. banana liqueur
vanilla ice cream
Instructions: Cut peeled bananas in half lengthwise, then halve each length. Set aside.
In a large skillet combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon over med-low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.
Add bananas. Saute, stirring gently, until banana pieces begin to cook and brown slightly.
Pour in dark rum and banana liqueur. Heat through, about 30 seconds to one minute.
Tilt skillet slightly. Using a long-handled lighter, ignite the rum and liqueur. Shake gently to spread the flames.
When flames have subsided, serve one banana (4 pieces) with one or two scoops of ice cream, to taste. Spoon over lots of warm sauce. Serve before it melts.
Serves 2-4 depending on pigginess factor.
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