Skip the crowded restaurants this year and make your own cozy and romantic dinner for two at home with my Valentine’s Day dinner recipes and menu ideas roundup. It’s the perfect way to say, “I love you” to that special someone!
Valentine’s Day is coming up and these special recipes will help you set the mood and impress your sweetheart on this special night. All of the recipes are as easy to make as they are delicious.
Beginnings (Choose one)
Ultimate Oysters Rockefeller
Oysters Rockefeller is a perfect appetizer for an intimate Valentine’s Dinner, and it’s really quick and easy to make. Did I mention it is also a delicious and healthy way to enjoy cooked oysters!
Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms
If you like hot artichoke dip and if you like stuffed mushroom caps, you will love these easy mushrooms stuffed with cheese and artichokes.
Ten-Minute Roasted Shrimp Recipe à la Ina Garten
These easy roasted shrimp that only take ten minutes to cook are perfect at room temperature, cold or hot for a party appetizer, a holiday appetizer, a Christmas party appetizer, or a New Year’s Eve party appetizer. They can also be used to make an amazing shrimp cocktail.
Bourbon-Pecan Brie Bites
Bourbon Pecan Brie Bites are a show-stopping bite-size, make-ahead appetizer that’s perfect for holiday entertaining or a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at home.
Salad/Greens (Choose One)
Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Pecans
If you are looking for a delicious, healthy, and low-calorie salad recipe, you are in the right place! Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Pecans with my homemade poppy seed dressing is a great choice when you are looking for a quick and easy salad.
Spinach, Apple, and Cranberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
Whether you serve this tasty, bright and colorful salad as an entree or a side dish, it’s low in calories, packed with vitamins and nutrients, and a delicious light change of pace.
Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad with Cranberries
My easy, make-ahead, low-carb wonder, Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad with Cranberries is a nutritious side-dish favorite. This colorful salad is full of crisp broccoli and cauliflower, sweet/tart cranberries, and crunchy pistachios. It’s equally at home on an elegant holiday dinner table or at a covered dish neighborhood potluck.
Romaine Wedge Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
Romaine Wedge Salad with Green Goddess Dressing is a new twist on an oldie but goody, the classic Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing.
Entrées (Choose One)
Chili Rubbed Ribeye Steak with Maple Bourbon Butter
Chili-Rubbed Ribeye Steak with Maple-Bourbon Butter is a decadent Valentine’s Day choice. This fabulous steak is perfect for a romantic Valentines Dinner for two, or any time when you are craving a good steak dinner.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Dark Cherry Sauce
Imagine if you will, tender, juicy and delectable grilled pork tenderloin, slathered in a dark cherry glaze and then topped with a sweet/savory mouth-watering sauce made with dark sweet cherries, cherry preserves, shallots, and balsamic vinegar.
Pan-Seared Snapper topped with Mango Salsa
Pan-Seared Red Snapper with Mango Salsa is an easy restaurant-quality main dish, which you can have on the table in less than 20 minutes.
Filet Mignon with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce
Filet Mignon with Mushroom Red Wine Sauce is a perfect date-night or Valentine’s Day dinner for two! Tender juicy filet mignon is pan-seared, then finished in the oven until it is melt-in-your-mouth tender.
Sides (Choose One)
Sauteed Spinach with Lemon and Garlic
Sautéed Spinach with Lemon and Garlic is a ten-minute wonder! It’s the best and fastest way to serve your family a delicious and healthy side dish, which even your pickiest eaters will love.
Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes are delicious, creamy, and decadent and would be the perfect side dish for your romantic dinner.
Baked Mushroom Casserole
Baked Mushroom Casserole is a delicious and impressive mushroom side dish with a blend of shitake, cremini, and baby portabella mushrooms, baked with butter, parsley, and lemony goodness.
Easy Parmesan Potatoes Au Gratin
This recipe for Easy Parmesan Potatoes Au Gratin is irresistibly delicious and the perfect special occasion side dish. With thinly sliced, tender Russet potatoes, nestled in a thick and decadent cream sauce and nutty parmesan cheese, this thoroughly indulgent side dish just might edge out your entrée and become the star of the show!
Green Bean Bundles Wrapped in Bacon
Easy delicious Green Bean Bundles Wrapped in Bacon will lend an elegant touch to your dinner table. These divine little packages of tender green beans, wrapped in smoky bacon with a touch of brown sugar, are sure to be a favorite of your family and friends.
Sweet Endings (Choose One)
Chocolate Cherry Valentine Torte
Chocolate Cherry Valentine Torte is the perfect cake, in the perfect shape, to say “I love you”! Three layers of heart-shaped chocolate cake, filled with sweet whipped cream and cherries and iced with chocolate whipped cream, this cake is a decadent and romantic dessert for that special someone for Valentine’s Day.
Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake – Fudgy Deliciousness
Chocolate and cherries are a classic flavor combination. Put them together in a simple dump cake with only four ingredients, and you have an irresistibly delightful dessert.
Chocolate Cherry Brownie Parfait
You have come to the right place if you are looking for an easy but elegant dessert! Chocolate Cherry Brownie Parfaits are full of fudgy goodness, sweet luscious cherries, and light as air whipped cream! And, this rich and decadent dessert is the perfect way to say “I love you”, on Valentine’s Day.
Raspberries and Cream Dessert
Sweeten your Valentine’s Day this year with a creamy and decadent Raspberries and Cream dessert. This sweetly romantic dessert of pure deliciousness would be the perfect ending to a romantic dinner or any dinner for that matter.
My wish for you on this special day is for you to feel loved and appreciated because you are!
Happy Valentine’s Day and thanks so much for visiting Grits and Pinecones!
**This post was originally published on Feb 9, 2016. It was republished on Feb 12, 2020, with nine new recipe choices.