Linguine with Clam Sauce. Skillet Steak and Wilted Kale. Dress up store-bought gnocchi with mushrooms, garlic, and parsley. Gulf Crab Cakes with Lemon Butter. Close View all gallery. Honey-Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Applesauce February weather calls for comfort food, and this recipe fits the bill while still being elegant. Coq au Vin Skip the reservation at that fancy French place and cook up your own romantic dinner at home.
Parmesan-Crusted Lamb Shanks Lamb is a special occasion dish and this version, crusted with crisp parmesan breadcrumbs, will certainly impress. Skillet Steak and Wilted Kale Satisfy meat lovers and still sneak in some vegetables with this winning skillet dinner. Add some low lights, candles, and classical music and I have a feeling feathery-winged little cherubs will abound!
Place all dressing ingredients except canola oil and poppy seeds in a blender container. Process for minutes on high or until very smooth. Transfer to a medium-size bowl. Add canola oil in a slow, steady stream while vigorously stirring with a fork or whisk. Stir in poppy seeds. Place greens on a large platter.
Top with orange slices, avocado, strawberry slices and red onion rings. Scatter with goat cheese, then drizzle lightly with dressing. Pass extra dressing in a cruet or small pitcher at the table.
White wine and Dijon mustard are a classic bistro-style pair for chicken. Carrots add body and a touch of sweetness to the pan sauce, but you can leave them out, if you like. Slice the tomatoes horizontally to have a sturdier base and more surface area for the crispy topping.
Make sure the cast-iron skillet is hot before adding the steaks so that they get a nicely browned crust on both sides. We like both red and orange peppers, though just one color will work.
In place of tenderloin steaks, you can also use top blade steaks or petite tenders. Lamb loin chops look like minature T-bone steaks and are much leaner than lamb shoulder chops. If you can't find them, you can substitute 2 4-ounce beef tenderloin steaks. Whole cumin seeds retain their flavor longer than ground cumin.
Crush with a small heavy skillet. Serve with Carrot and Cumin Salad. The fragrant orange glaze caramelizes as the salmon quickly cooks under the broiler. A steak dinner for two feels date-night special, but this meal couldn't be easier.
One 8-ounce strip steak is just enough for two; if you care for different levels of doneness, cut the steak in half before grilling. Filet Mignon with Mushroom-Wine Sauce is a quick but posh dinner for two. For easy sides, serve with packaged refrigerated mashed potatoes and bagged salad greens with bottled dressing. Risotto must be served immediately so you can best savor its rich creaminess.
With this version, there's just enough for two healthful portions. Complete the meal with a salad, bread, and crisp white wine. The luxurious, velvety texture of a good pasta carbonara is ephemeral at best, so you must enjoy it right away. Tempering the egg with hot pasta water keeps the sauce creamy by preventing it from curdling. For a smoky taste, use bacon in place of pancetta. This elegant seafood dish goes perfectly paired with spinach and scallion rice.
Fluffy herb-flecked dumplings, tender vegetables, and rich dark-meat chicken combine in this soul-satisfying classic. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired. Be sure to serve this dish with bread so you can savor every drop of sauce. Threading olive oil-marinated shrimp on rosemary-branch skewers imparts a subtle herb flavor to the dish and a fantastic scent to your table. Rosemary has a long history of being associated with the heart.
It has been believed by many to be a love charm, by others to be a token of remembrance and fidelity, and by some to be a potent aphrodisiac. Bamboo skewers also work quite well. Serve with steamed haricots verts. This Asian-inspired meal is the ultimate date-night dinner and mixes textures and tastes for a unique, full-flavored dish.
For a comfortable, cozy meal for two, try this delectable breaded chicken recipe. Serve with rice pilaf or fresh vegetables and lemon wedges. Try this simple, elegant recipe for date night at home. Scallops cook quickly and are packed with delicious flavor. This dish serves well with wide rice noodles and sugar snap peas. To make your next steak night a success, watch over the temperature of the meat with a thermometer.
We marinate the meat with lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil—but no salt, because the marinade will get discarded. Instead, we sprinkle on a little kosher salt before pan-grilling and finish the sliced steak with gorgeous flaky salt so that it hits your tongue first and offers a beautiful crunchy kick. Crusty individual bread rounds are stuffed with succulent crab and topped with a buttery wine sauce. Serve with white wine or champagne. Prepare the bread shells and crab filling up to a day ahead of time. Just store the shells at room temperature in a zip-top plastic bag, and refrigerate the crab filling.