Whether you are celebrating with your significant other, your friends, or your entire family, this list of 20+ Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas will make you think twice about spending money on an expensive dinner out. This year, why not skip the reservations and prepare a delicious, romantic dinner at home?
Romantic Valentine’s Dinner Ideas
Valentine’s Day dinner brings to mind recipes that are special, comforting, classic, and delicious - things like steak, creamy pastas, seafood, and of course, chocolate! This list includes a range of 20+ Valentine’s Dinner Ideas such as Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon, Creamy Garlic Tortellini Alfredo, some of my favorite potato recipes, and plenty of chocolate.
Below you will also find a few Valentine’s Day Dinner tips to get you thinking ahead and making the day extra special and relaxing. Whether you plan to enjoy a romantic dinner for two or a fun meal with the whole family, you don’t need to spend loads of money on fancy dinner reservations to make the evening a celebration of love.
Perfect Date Night Dinner Recipes
Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon
This impressive Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon is juicy, delicious and surprisingly easy to make. It’s an elegant meal to serve for Valentine’s Day, date nights at home or special birthday dinners.
Heart Shaped Valentines Pizza
Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken
This Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken is seared to golden perfection then oven-baked and covered in a delicious cream sauce. It's an easy dinner to serve any day of the week and is also fancy enough special occasions.
Green Chili Hasselback Chicken
This Green Chili Hasselback Chicken Recipe gives a fun and delicious new twist to your everyday baked chicken. It's fancy enough for special dinners but also perfect for those busy nights when you just need to get dinner on the table.
Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
This Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs recipe is fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth tender and only take about 15 minutes of prep. It's cooked in a flavorful savory sauce along with carrots, onions, and mushrooms.
Pan Seared Steak
This Pan Seared Steak is cooked in fresh herb garlic butter until perfectly juicy on the inside with a caramelized crust on the outside. We’ll show you how easy it is to pan sear steak, finish in the oven, and enjoy a restaurant-quality dinner at home.
This Homemade Lasagna recipe is rich, decadent and so simple that some might even call it life-changing. Made with beef, spicy Italian sausage, and four different kinds of cheese, no one would ever know it didn’t take you all day to prepare.
Creamy Garlic Tortellini Alfredo
This Creamy Garlic Tortellini Alfredo is a one-pot meal made with juicy chicken, homemade Alfredo sauce, and fresh tortellini pasta. Best of all, it can be made in about 30 minutes.
Grilled Teriyaki Salmon
This cedar plank Grilled Teriyaki Salmon recipe turns out tender, flakey and delicious every single time. It uses a simple ginger buttermilk marinade to tenderize while infusing sweet, spicy, robust flavor.
Three Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes
These Three Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes are super creamy and loaded with flavor. Made with Havarti, Gruyere, and shredded cheddar cheese, they are an all-time favorite.
Best Baked Potato
This Best Baked Potato recipe has perfectly crispy, salty skin on the outside and is fluffy on the inside. Top with your favorite toppings such as butter, sour cream, and crispy bacon bits for an amazing side dish for any meal.
These Hasselback Potatoes transform everyday baked potatoes into something incredible, all with just a few thin slices. Deliciously crispy on the outside, and perfectly tender on the inside, these little beauties are begging for some melted cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and bacon bits.
Rosemary and Parmesan Fingerling Potatoes
These oven-roasted Rosemary and Parmesan Fingerling Potatoes are perfect for anything from a casual weeknight dinner to a fancy holiday menu. They have a delicious crispy rosemary and Parmesan crust with a smooth and buttery center and are oh-so-easy to prepare.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
This Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is a quick and easy side dish that is always a hit. Seasoned simply with salt, pepper, garlic and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, this recipe is perfect for party appetizers, holiday dinners or getting picky eaters to eat their veggies.
Parmesan Roasted Tomatoes
These Parmesan Roasted Tomatoes combine a crisp panko Parmesan crust with juicy, flavorful roasted tomatoes. They’re the perfect simple side dish to serve with chicken, fish, pasta, and more.
Creamy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
These Creamy Brussels Sprouts are sautéed until golden brown, drowned in a rich and creamy cheese sauce and served with crispy bacon to finish. They make a perfectly satisfying side dish to go with just about any meal.
This easy Tuscan Soup is the perfect hearty comfort food for a cold winter night. Full of Italian sausage, potatoes, carrots, and spinach, all swimming in a rich and creamy chicken broth, it can be ready on your table in just about 30 minutes.
Garlic Parmesan Orzo
This Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo is a quick and easy one-pot side dish that goes well with just about anything. It’s made with orzo pasta, fresh spinach, garlic, and Parmesan cheese and finished with a little splash of cream.
Quick Dinner Rolls
These Quick Dinner Rolls are soft, fluffy, buttery, and so easy. All you need are a few simple ingredients and a minimal amount of prep to have these quick yeast rolls ready and on the table in no time.
Chewy Fudge Brownies
This Chewy Fudge Brownie Recipe will have you ditching the boxed mix after just one bite. This homemade chewy brownies recipe is perfectly dense, full of chocolate flavor, and they literally melt in your mouth.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
These are a Valentine's favorite every year! It's the perfect combo of sweet and tart, fresh and decadent. I'll show you how to make chocolate-covered strawberries, step by step.
No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
This easy No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe is an easy no-bake dessert recipe. It's a creamy chocolate mousse cheesecake recipe and is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day or a regular 'ol Tuesday.
Chocolate Cream Pie
This homemade Chocolate Cream Pie is made with a silky smooth chocolate pudding tucked into a crisp Oreo crust and topped with freshly whipped cream. It’s super decadent with a rich chocolate flavor and is insanely simple to make.
Chocolate Oreo Parfaits
These Chocolate Oreo Parfaits are super simple, crazy delicious and make an impressive presentation with very little effort. Take chocolate pudding to the next level with just a few simple ingredients.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
These Chocolate Covered Strawberries are perfect for Valentines Day, or just a sweet treat. They’re super simple to make and only take a few minutes.
Valentine’s Day Dinner Tips
- Plan ahead. This is a good practice anytime you are making and serving a special meal with multiple courses. In order to make things enjoyable for you rather than hectic, plan your menu at least a week or two in advance. That way you will have plenty of time to shop and make things ahead of time whenever possible. No one wants to be rushing around the day of a special dinner.
- Set the stage. Even though you aren’t dining out at a restaurant for Valentine’s Day, you can still make it extra special by setting the table, adding flowers, pulling out the fancy candles, and even popping on some music.
- Don’t prepare a meal for two. Give yourself a future gift by making more than you need so that you and your family can enjoy the meal in the coming days. This might not apply for, say, filet mignon. But there’s no need to cut down the size of a recipe just to make it a dinner for two. Go ahead and make full sized batches and save them for later on in the week.
More Easy Recipes to Try at Home
- Nutella Strawberry Dessert Pizza
- Oreo Dessert Pizza.
- Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken
- Tomato Feta Pasta
- Easy Stuffed Peppers
- Alice Springs Chicken
- Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie
- Oven-Baked Cornflake Chicken
- Pork Tenderloin and Potatoes
- Easy Baked Ziti
- Beef Stroganoff
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Here are over 20 Valentine's Day recipes to help you plan a romantic dinner for two at home or some family Valentine's dinner ideas. This list includes main dishes like filet mignon, sides, and plenty of chocolate recipes for dessert. Make this year the best Valentine's dinner at home.
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