Valentine’s Day Recipes for a Romantic Date Night at Home

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Valentine’s Day Recipes for a Romantic Date Night at Home

A perfect way to a man's heart is good food, right? So, no matter how you celebrate Valentine's Day this year, a delightful meal is all that matters. If you choose to cook homemade dishes for your sweetheart, these easy Valentine’s Day Recipes will surely make your night extra special.

Steakhouse Sheet Pan Dinner for Two

Steakhouse Sheet Pan Dinner for Two by Food Network Kitchen

Make your date night a lot easier and less expansive with these delicious Steakhouse Sheet Pan Dinner for Two by Food Network Kitchen.

Total prep time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Here’s the list of what you need:

  • 2 tbsp. melted unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the sheet pan
  • 4 tail-on jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 small, minced cloves garlic
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb. Yukon gold potatoes (about 6), sliced into 1/8-inch rounds
  • 2 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • One 10-oz. package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed completely dry
  • 2/3 cup shredded Gruyere (about 5 oz.)
  • Two 8-oz. New York strip steaks (1 to 1 1/2 inches thick)

Special equipment: two 4-ounce ramekins

Here's how to prepare it:

  1. In the top third of the oven, place an oven rack and preheat to 450 degrees F. Lightly grease a third of an 18-by-13-inch sheet pan with butter.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the shrimp, melted butter, a third of the minced garlic, 1 teaspoon thyme, ½ teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper, toss the shrimp until fully coated; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the Parmesan, 1/3 cup heavy cream, half the remaining garlic, the remaining thyme, ½ teaspoon salt and a little grind of pepper.
  4. On the buttered part of the sheet pan, assemble half of the potato slices in a single, covering layer and pour the heavy cream mixture on the top. Cover with the remaining potato slices. Cover up the potatoes with foil and bake for 15 to 17 minutes until tender when pierced with a fork.
  5. In a medium bowl, whip together the cream cheese, remaining heavy cream, remaining garlic and ¼ teaspoon salt until smooth. Add in the spinach until fully coated. Split the mixture between two 4-inch ramekins and push the spinach down so that it is flat, and the cream mixture is pooling a bit on top.
  6. Take off the pan from the oven, get rid of the foil and drizzle the potatoes with the Gruyere. Lay the steaks down the middle of the pan and sprinkle a generous amount of salt and pepper. Place the ramekins on one end of the empty third of the pan so that they are close together.
  7. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the steak registers 95 degrees F. Remove the pan from the oven and switch on the broiler. Make 2 hearts with the shrimp by connecting the tails on the pan beside the ramekins. Broil until the steaks start to turn brown in some spots for 3 to 4 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the steak reaches 125 degrees F (for medium-rare), the shrimp are opaque and the cheese on the potatoes turns golden and starts to crisp. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Slice and serve the steak on plates alongside the shrimp, potatoes, and creamed spinach.

Cremini Carpaccio Recipe

Cremini Carpaccio by Food Network Kitchen

Cremini Carpaccio by Food Network Kitchen is a delicious appetizer for a romantic date night.

Total prep time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Here the list of what you need:

  • 1 lb cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced on mandolin
  • 3 slices chopped bacon
  • 3 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Handful of baby arugula and/or fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Here's how to prepare it:

  1. On a rimmed platter, scatter the mushrooms.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon for about 8 minutes, stirring, until the fat renders and the bacon is crisp. Add the vinegar and oil and stir.
  3. Pour the bacon dressing over the mushrooms and toss. Top with the arugula, parsley, Parmesan and a few grinds of pepper.

Raspberry and Pistachio Semifreddo Recipe

Raspberry and Pistachio Semifreddo by Erika Dungan and Kate Merker

Raspberry and Pistachio Semifreddo by Erika Dungan and Kate Merker is a delicious, rich, and creamy treat.

Total prep time: 4 hours and 40 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Here the list of what you need:

  • ¼ c. cold sour cream
  • ½ c. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 c. cold heavy cream
  • ¼ c. pistachios, chopped
  • 2 pt. raspberries, divided
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. pure honey
  • 2 tbsp. fresh mint leaves

Here's how to prepare it:

  1. Line an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving an overhang on all four sides.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat sour cream with on medium speed until smooth for 1 minute. Add sugar and beat. Lower mixer speed to low and slowly beat in heavy cream. Increase speed to medium and beat until stiff peaks form for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add in pistachios and 1-pint raspberries, transfer mixture to prepared pan. Freeze until set for least 4 hours or up to 1 week.
  4. In a bowl, whip lemon juice and honey until dissolved. Add remaining raspberries and toss to combine. Let sit, tossing occasionally for 18 to 20 minutes. Invert semifreddo onto a platter; discard plastic. Top with raspberries and mint leaves.

Make your Valentine's Day dinner date at home cozy and special by cooking one of these delicious recipes. If you're planning something special for your loved one this February 14, a decadent meal made from the heart is what you need.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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