RECIPES FOR ROMANCE – A truly perfect romantic evening at home needs fabulous food
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.
EASY APPETIZERS TO GET THE EVENING STARTED
Fruit & Nut Baked Brie
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 1/2 cup fruit jam of your choice (fig, berry, apricot, etc.)
- 8 oz. round baby wheel brie
- 1/3 cup chopped nuts of your choice (walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans)
- 1 large egg, beaten with 1 Tbs. water
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.
Oven-Baked Vegetable Fries
- 1 large carrot, peeled and cut lengthwise into strips
- 1 long sweet potato, peeled and cut lengthwise into strips
- 1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise into strips
- 3 Tbsp. EVOO
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt & 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
- 2 Tbs. chopped rosemary, thyme or Italian parsley (or 1 Tbs. dried)
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
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
RECIPES FOR ROMANCE – What comes next?
Romantic Red Wine Pasta for Two
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:
- cook the bacon, shallot, mushroom mixture and hold in refrigerator; use as indicated in recipe.
- par-boil pasta until very al-dente, (3 minutes less than pkg. directions) cool and hold in refrigerator; bring the pasta to room temperature before adding to the sauce at the appropriate time in the recipe.
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.
Feed Each Other Fondue – Now that’s sexy!
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?
SOMETHING SWEET TO END YOUR ROMANTIC EVENING AT HOME – Yes, Please!
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!
Second up, some Sexy S’mores – Fruit Filled or try my Fabulous Fruity Marshmallows recipe
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!
There’s two ways you can add some fruit flavor to your s’mores.
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.
- 3 oz. pkg fruit flavored gelatin (I use Jello brand)
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp. light corn syrup
- confectioner's sugar to dust marshmallow squares
- Line the sides and bottom of an 8 inch square pan with buttered parchment paper.
- Dissolve gelatin in a small saucepan with 1/2 cup water over medium-heat. Do not let boil. Once dissolved, reduce heat to very low.
- Add sugar and cook, stirring until completely dissolved. Blend in corn syrup and stir until combined. Remove from heat.
- Place gelatin mixture in a mixing bowl and chill in refrigerator until slightly thickened. (start checking after 15 minutes)
- Beat chilled mixture at highest speed of electric mixer until it can stand in soft peaks, about 8-10 minutes. (I use my KitchenAid on highest speed)
- Pour mixture into the prepared 8 inch square pan, Cover and chill overnight.
- Turn firm mixture onto a board heavily dusted with confectioner's sugar. Carefully peel off the parchment paper and dust all surfaces with more confectioner's sugar.
- Cut into 1-inch squares or into fun shapes with cookie cutters dipped in confectioner's sugar. Roll cut edges in sugar also.
- Store in a covered container between sheets of wax paper in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutrition InformationYield 60 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 22Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 0g
Last, but not least, Pink Panna Cotta with White Chocolate and Cherries
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
DO YOU HAVE YOUR RECIPES FOR ROMANCE READY? Then you’re all set to plan the rest of your romantic evening at home!
Now that you’ve got your recipes for romance, click on this companion post link to find:
- Tips on planning a very “personal” romantic evening at home
- Romantic Evening at Home Invitation Free Printable PDF
- Romantic Evening at Home “Love Tokens” Free Printable PDF
- Romantic Evening “Love List” Free Printable PDF
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- 1 bottle dry red wine (Chianti, Pinot Noir or Merlot) (you'll be drinking what's left!)
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 4 oz. thick sliced bacon, diced
- 1/2 cup fresh or canned mushrooms
- 1 large shallot, sliced lengthwise into matchsticks
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 Tbs. tomato paste
- 1 tsp. thyme, fresh or dried
- 1/2 lb. thin spaghetti or angel hair
- 1 Tbs. COLD unsalted butter
- Freshly grated black pepper
- 3 oz. grated Asiago, Parmesan or Pecorino cheese, additional for garnish
- Fresh basil or parsley for garnish
- Place a large pot of salted water over high heat, cover, and bring to a boil.
- In a medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add bacon, shallots and mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally for 5-6 minutes, or until bacon is browned.
- Add garlic, red pepper flakes, tomato paste and thyme, stirring to combine well. Turn heat to high and add 10 ounces of red wine. Stir and and bring to a simmer. Let reduce by half. Cover and keep warm until pasta is ready.
- While sauce is reducing, cook pasta in boiling water until very al dente (about 3 minutes less than the package recommends). Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water, and add pasta to sauce.
- Turn heat under sauce to medium-high and let pasta finish cooking in sauce, while stirring continuously. The pasta will absorb some of the sauce and be perfectly cooked within a few minutes. If sauce gets too thick, add a little pasta water to pan and stir to combine.
- Remove from heat, add butter, a few grinds of pepper and cheese. Stir well with tongs to incorporate butter and cheese. Taste and adjust salt as desired.
- Garnish with fresh herbs and more cheese if desired. You'll have about half a bottle of wine left to drink with your dinner!
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