Avoid the restaurant rush, and instead opt to stay in and create a romantic Valentine’s dinner for two. Treat your sweet to the intimacy of a cozy evening at home with this full array of lovingly prepared appetizers, entrees, and dessert, we even through in a signature heart-themed cocktail!  

Don’t spend a fortune at a fancy restaurant only to be rushed to finish before the next seating. Treat your love to a truly remarkable and “heart” warming dinner with our sweet-as-can-be V Day recipes…

 

1. Sweetheart Salad

Wear your heart on your salad, quite literally, with this sweet and healthy starter. Prepare your favorite salad greens and mixed nuts (we recommend either walnuts or pecans), then use a mandolin (the slicer not the instrument) to slice your beets. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to carve the veggie slices into big red hearts to arrange lovingly around the edge of your beloved’s salad.

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Source: MarthaStewart.com

2. Mini Bacon Cheeseburger Pockets

Charge your favorite appetizer (cheeseburger sliders) up with passion. These adorable heart-shaped bites are tucked like precious cargo into individual flaky pastry pockets. Stuff each with ground beef, crumbled bacon, green pepper, cheese, diced onion, and minced garlic. Serve with the classic burger accoutrements such as honey mustard, ketchup, and hot sauce.

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Source: PocketChangeGourmet.com

3. Roma Tomato Heart Soup

Like a warm and comforting shot through the heart, this rich tomato soup is prepared with only the freshest ingredients. Extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, minced garlic, and fire roasted Muir Glen and Roma tomatoes make a memorable starter. Don’t forget to serve your soup with love…and by that I mean a crispy, golden-fried heart-shaped parmesan cheese token of your everlasting adoration.

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Source: Tablespoon.com

4. Honey Pepper Figs

Take a look at a sliced fig and you’ll quickly understand the romantic significance of this seductive fruit. Figs are not only bursting with aphrodisiac qualities, cut into the voluptuous fruit to reveal the rich, sweet, juicy flesh (it even sort of resembles a human heart). Top fresh fig halves with crumbled feta cheese and drizzle with honey and red pepper flakes for a truly extraordinary experience in texture and taste.

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Source: DarlingFig.com

5. Beet (Heart) Risotto

A creamy risotto is devine with red wine, particularly when it lends a crimson hue to your dreamy Valentine’s Day dinner. The earthy root vegetable infuses arborio rice, diced red onion, butter, olive oil, and parmesan cheese with plenty of iron and romance. Add some grilled shrimp or scallops to this dish for a meal that really says, “I love you”!

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Source: ABeautifulMess.com

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6. Chili-Honey Baklava

Your honey deserves special attention when it comes to dessert. This dinner finale is made with an ingredient that’s as unique as your Valentine’s date: smoked chilli honey.  The sweet, fiery flavor is infused right into the baklava syrup. It reaches heavenly proportions as it mingles with the ground almond, pistachio, or cashew filling. Use a heart-shaped tin to bake and serve with extra napkins. Trust me, your date will nibble up every last sticky-sweet crumble.

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Source: TheBotanicalKitchen.wordpress.com

7. Strawberry Love Martini

The elixir of love does exist and it can be shaken (or stirred) and sipped in the form of a martini. This cocktail introduces the sweetness of the peach schnapps and Malibu rum to tart cheeky cranberry juice and vodka. Dice up a few strawberry hearts for your glass by cutting a small V in the top of each berry (to remove the stem) then cut into heart-shaped slices. Rim with white sugar.

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Source: PicturetheRecipe.com

 

 

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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