Dinners for two that are all about the romance

They say home is where the heart is, so what could be more romantic than preparing a special home-cooked meal for that special someone in your life? Whether you’re having tapas or a three-course dinner, there are so many dishes to kick off the evening on a tender note. From a picnic in the park to steak and lobster tails, here are five dinner recipes that are peak romantic!

1. Vegan mushroom and eggplant pasta

This flavorful recipe might sound elaborate, but it’s actually very easy to make. First, add eggplant and mushroom to a baking pan, and drizzle on some olive oil before baking them until golden brown. Next, chop cherry tomatoes and then cook them with some garlic until they’re tender. Add kale with some lemon juice and spices, followed by the baked eggplant and mushroom. Then add in some tahini and tomato sauce before mixing all the ingredients. Serve with your favorite pasta, and enjoy!

2. Tapas picnic

What could be more romantic than a picnic in the park? This decadent tapas spread features a Manchego and chorizo charcuterie board with grapes, followed by Spanish beans cooked in tomato sauce and garnished with parsley. Additional dishes include patatas bravas (potatoes fried in oil and served with a spicy sauce), shrimp sautéed in a garlic and olive oil sauce, and steak cooked in red wine and garnished with gorgonzola. White wine cookies make for a nice light dessert. Last but not least, sangria and roses provide an especially romantic touch. 

3. Shrimp scampi

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The most important thing about date night is spending time with your loved one, which is why pasta recipes are the perfect option for a meal that’s as equally romantic as it is tasty. First, mix onions, minced garlic, crushed red pepper, oil and butter for this shrimp scampi. Next, toss in prawns and oregano, followed by baby spinach and cooked pasta. Finish off with some more butter, parmesan cheese and lemon juice. 

4. Steak and lobster tails

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Show your significant other you mean business with this surf and turf classic. This recipe involves a steak seasoned with garlic powder and Cajun powder, and basted with butter and thyme. Sauté a side of asparagus with olive oil, and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. To prepare the lobster tails, cut the shell down the center, then pull up the meat so it’s resting on top of the tail. Sprinkle on some Cajun seasonings, then brush on a mix of melted butter and garlic.

5. Three-course fondue

Sharing fondue can be a very intimate experience, making it another great date night option. This fondue for two features three courses in one pot. For a starter, TikToker @forkandhammer pairs Tuscan cheese dip with red wine. For the main entrée, she cooked filet mignon and shrimp along with ravioli and vegetables. Last but not least, the dessert included an assortment of fresh fruits with a chocolate dip.

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