So, you’ve gathered the props to create the atmosphere, chosen the music and set the mood with candles. Now you’re ready to make the menu for your special romantic evening at home. Here’s some great recipes for romance including appetizers, entrees and desserts to make your romantic evening at home a memorable one.
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Unfold puff pastry on lightly floured surface. Roll gently to seal any cracks. Spoon jam into center and sprinkle evenly with nuts.
Place cheese on top of jam and fold pastry up over the cheese to cover. Trim excess pastry and press to seal seams. Reserve pastry scraps for decorations. Brush pastry with egg wash and place seam-side down on a baking sheet.
Roll scraps into balls and cut strips for vines. Arrange on top for decoration and brush with egg wash. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil. Toss carrots and sweet potato strips in 2 Tbsp. oil, salt, pepper and 1/2 the herbs. Lay out on one baking sheet. Repeat with zucchini strips, using 1 Tbsp. oil.
CARROTS/SWEET POTATO – Bake for 12 minutes, toss, bake for additional 8-10 minutes, or until tender and browned.
ZUCCHINI – Bake for 8 minutes, gently turn over, bake for additional 4 minutes, or until tender and crispy.
These vegie “fries” can be served hot or at room temperature.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Use a bottled creamy salad dressing for a dip!
Rosemary & Asiago Cheese Crackers are a fabulous foil to crisp white wines and cocktails.
Since this is a great make-ahead recipe, they can be whipped up days ahead and tucked in the refrigerator.
And then you can bake them up fresh for your romantic evening at home.
What a simply delicious way to start your romantic evening at home!
Check out the recipe here: Rosemary & Asiago Cheese Crackers
What an incredibly cool way to use the wine you’ll be drinking as part of the sauce for your entree! Romantic Red Wine Pasta for Two is a simple, but delicious pasta, known as “drunken” pasta or pasta alla chiantigiana.
It’s super simple, but super sexy with a silky red-wine sauce spiked with thick sliced bacon, shallots and grated Italian cheese.
Another nice thing is that you only use 10 ounces of wine for this recipe. That way, you’ll have over half the bottle left to drink with your appetizer!
Pasta is a great choice for a romantic evening at home. It’s especially helpful when the recipe can be made in stages to keep your last minute prep to a minimum.
Here’s a few steps in the recipe that can be done ahead if desired:
Both these steps will shave off valuable time from kitchen-prep that you could be lounging next to your sweetie!
You can find the recipe card for Romantic Red Wine Pasta for Two at the bottom of this post.
Fondue fads come and go, but I’ve always loved the ambiance created by a bubbling cauldron of cheese. Whether it’s for two or four, fondue is just plain fun to eat.
And when it comes to planning for a romantic evening at home, choosing recipes for romance means it’s made-ahead!
My recipe for Harvest Cheddar Fondue fits the bill perfectly. Both the cheese fondue and dippers can be prepared ahead.
You can get the printable recipe card for Harvest Cheddar Fondue by clicking this link to my post titled Fondue for Four – How to Throw a Fondue Party.
The post has an extensive list of “gourmet dipper” suggestions, so you can go as crazy as you want!
So serving fondue is no-brainer when trying to figure out what recipes for romance to choose from.
It’s practically made for feeding each other little tidbits of love, isn’t it?
H.H. and I both have a bit of a sweet tooth, though his is much larger than mine! So if I’m planning a romantic evening at home and looking for recipes for romance, here’s the three fabulous desserts I’d choose from.
First up, how about one or more of these adorable Mini-Pie Dessert Shooters?
Shooters come together super quick with mostly pantry supplies and a few fresh ingredients. They look really elegant and can be extra romantic when fed to each other with a long iced-tea spoon!
Did you know you can roast marshmallows under your broiler in a cast iron pan? Or of course, if you’ve got a fireplace, just go for it!
My version of “sexy s’mores” is to add the tang of fruit to the often too sweet traditional concoction.
I’ll be honest, throughout my life I was much more concerned about roasting the marshmallow to a perfect brown on all sides. Actually, I usually “cooked” them for other people, finding their sweetness to be cloying with chocolate.
Shades of my inner-hostess developing throughout my youth!
But, when I added fruit to the mixture, I turned into a fan of what s’mores could be with some fruity additions!
The first being the easiest, by changing up the filling of a traditional s’more with the addition of a fruit jam of your choice. I love strawberry preserves or orange marmalade best!
The second way, and perhaps lots more fun is to make a batch of Fabulous Fruity Marshmallows to use instead of the plain variety. The recipe needs to be made at least one day prior to eating them, as they need to chill overnight before being cut and sugared.
This homemade marshmallow recipe is absolutely addictive, so it’s a good thing it makes 5 dozen pieces!
NAN’S TIP: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO “TOAST” FABULOUS FRUITY MARSHMALLOWS, THEY JUST NEED A QUICK RUN UNDER THE BROILER BEFORE ADDING TO YOUR S’MORES.
Have some time to spend in the kitchen before your big romantic evening at home? Want to get a little ambitious with your recipe for a romantic dessert?
Why not try this delicious recipe for Pink Panna Cotta with White Chocolate and Cherries?
It was one of the featured recipes in my Valentine’s Day posts back in February.
This is one of those desserts that can be made in individual portions for a fabulous plated presentation.
What a special way to end a romantic evening at home!
You can get the recipe by clicking the link for this post: Pink Panna Cotta with White Chocolate and Cherries + Valentine’s “Love Tokens” PDF
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