Easy Date Night Recipes To Make At Home!
These are our favorite Date Night recipes to enjoy at home when we’re cooking to impress. Of course we love dining out, but there’s something intimate and romantic about putting in the time and effort to make a delicious home cooked meal. Even more so when it’s better than what you could get out!
Our round up of Date Night recipes includes a perfect pan seared duck breast, easy oven baked filet mignon, and our favorite shredded Brussels sprout Caesar salad. It’s got a drizzle of truffle oil which, let’s be honest, makes everything better!
There’s also an elegant clam pasta, our favorite polenta with roasted mushrooms, and if you’re on the lookout for a truly simple dessert, we recommend ending the meal with Cannoli Cream Parfaits. Prefer something savory at the end of the meal? These Rosemary Shortbread Cookies are what we imagine those delectable Ted Lasso biscuits to taste like, but with rosemary!
Spaghetti Alle Vongole
This classic Italian favorite is layered with flavor from thinly sliced garlic, white wine, a touch of red pepper flakes, and the freshest clams you can find! Spaghetti alle vongole tastes like the ocean and is a quick and easy lunch or dinner, perfect for your next date night in!
Also check out: Stuffed Clams
Creamy polenta with butter and freshly grated parmesan is topped with roasted mushrooms, blue cheese, and crunchy toasted walnuts. Mushroom polenta makes a hearty, elegant vegetarian entrée or side dish, perfect for cooler evenings.
Also check out: Sausage Ragu Sauce
Who says you can’t enjoy a perfectly cooked steak at home? Learn how to reverse sear filet mignon — a foolproof method for cooking tender and juicy steaks — and we guarantee it will turn out perfect every time.
Also check out: Sous Vide Filet Mignon
Pan Seared Duck Breast
Juicy and succulent, these pan seared duck breasts will impress everyone! The trick to ultra crispy skin? Dry the duck breasts uncovered in a refrigerator! Serve with a simple pan sauce made with Port (or red wine) and cherries for an elegant date night in or intimate small gathering during the holidays. And don’t forget to save the rendered duck fat to make epic duck fat potatoes!
Also check out: Crispy Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon Parmesan Sauce
Shredded Brussel Sprouts Salad
This shredded brussel sprouts salad is crunchy, creamy, cheesy, and great as an appetizer or an entrée. It features all the same flavors as the beloved Caesar salad, but mixed into shredded brussel sprouts, shaved Parmesan, and — the best part! — a healthy drizzle of truffle oil. Keep it vegetarian or add grilled salmon, chicken, or shrimp!
Also check out: Crispy Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Miso cod is an elegant dish that is deeply flavored with miso paste, sake, soy, ginger, honey, and sesame. Serve with fluffy rice, earthy shiitake mushrooms, carrots, and blistered scallions. Quick enough for a weeknight, but special enough to entertain with!
Also check out: Miso Marinated Steak Tips
Roast Rack of Lamb
Roast rack of lamb is an elegant main course for holiday meals and dinner parties alike! Panko breadcrumbs, goat cheese, and fresh rosemary create an herb crust that turns golden brown when roasted. Serve with roasted grapes and a red wine reduction.
Also check out: Sous Vide Lamb Chops
Freshly shucked raw oysters: is there anything better? While delicious on their own or with a squeeze of fresh lemon, we prefer to top them with a simple mignonette. Ready in 5 minutes (yes, really!) and made from a quick mix of red wine vinegar, shallots, and black pepper. Refreshing, light, and the perfect little something to take oysters on the half shell over the top!
Also check out: Classic Fish Cakes
Mussels in white wine sauce (moules marinières) is a true 20 minute meal! Steam mussels in shallots, fennel, garlic, tarragon, dry white wine, and sherry (or vermouth). Finish with creme fraîche and cold butter, for a rich, creamy sauce. Serve with baguette or french fries (moules frites) for a flavorful, elevated weeknight dinner!
Also check out: Broiled Scallops With Garlic Butter Sauce
Braised Beef Pappardelle
This hearty, slow-cooked braised beef pappardelle is served with creamy burrata and lots of freshly grated cheese. It’s the perfect, comforting fall or winter pasta to warm up to all season long!
Also check out: Drunken Braised Short Ribs with Rye
If you make any of these Date Night recipes, please let us know by leaving a review below or on the specific blog post!
Be sure to check out the rest of the recipes in our Date Night In series!
More impressive recipes to make at home!
- Crispy Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon Parmesan Sauce
- Veal Saltimbocca (Saltimbocca alla Romana)
- Pan Seared Halibut with Chili Garlic Oil
- Mozzarella Caprese Gazpacho
- Cast Iron Sesame Ribeye