Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. There are a variety of (delicious) ways to celebrate this special occasion, from decadent chocolates to a night on the town. A sweet and thoughtful way to show that special someone that you care, is to craft a homemade dinner from the heart. If you’re looking for ways to elevate your at-home dinner plans, we’ve come up with 5 ways to spice up your Valentine's Day dinner to make it a night your valentine will cherish forever:
#1 Serve An Appetizer That’s Both Sweet AND SavoryPrepare your palette for both dinner and dessert by serving up an appetizer that balances both sweet and savory flavors.
We love this recipe for Blistered Balsamic Concord Grapes by Salt & Wind:
Preheat oven to 375F degrees. On a lined baking sheet, combine 1 lb concord grapes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 2 tablespoons fresh thyme. Roast grapes in oven for about 15 minutes, or until grapes have collapsed and split. Season with a dash of sea salt, black pepper, and aged balsamic before serving. Serve alongside your favorite cheese and crackers.
(Photo by Salt & Wind)
#2 Go Italian For Your Main CourseItalian food is a delicious way to signal romance. Wow your date (and their taste buds) with this recipe for Saffron Spaghetti Cooked Risotto-style. Pair it with a simple arugula salad drizzled in sea salt and olive oil and your home will feel like a 5-star restaurant.
Check out the recipe for Spaghetti cooked Risotto-style here
#3 Go Indulgent With DessertNothing says Valentine’s Day more than indulgent sweets. Close your meal with an elevated take on a classic: Saffron Cream Cheese Brownies. The decadence of the chocolate pairs all too well with the floral notes of the saffron, and the cream cheese is the glue that bonds it all together. Cut the brownies into miniature squares and serve them on a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream.
Try the recipe for Saffron Cream Cheese Brownies here
#4 Ditch The Wine, Opt For Cocktails
Wine is a staple dinner beverage, but if you are feeling creative, we suggest going the cocktail route. Cocktails can be as simple or as extravagant as you desire, but don’t worry if you’re not an experienced bartender. To elevate a simple cocktail recipe, use a Saffron Simple Syrup as your flavor base. You can also drizzle the simple syrup on a plate of cheese and crackers!
Try the recipe for Saffron Simple Syrup here
#5 Last, But Not Least: Transform The Room With Candles
Candlelight is a warm and cozy way to set the mood for a Valentine's dinner. Candles provide just enough lighting for you to focus on the meal and one another, while also dulling your focus on any distractions around you. Place a candle or two directly in the middle of your dinner table and watch the ambience of the room transform from familiar to intimate and relaxing.
Is your partner a saffron fanatic? Try this saffron-scented candle from Second City Candles to fill the air with hints of ginger, saffron, cardamom, and sandalwood.
(Photo by Epicurious)
Follow our suggestions and we are sure your Valentine’s Day dinner plans will be the most thoughtful gift they will receive all year.