Dining out on Valentine’s Day can be a hectic and rather expensive affair. Skip the crowded restaurants this year and prepare a feast at home. We’ve selected a menu for you to make this at-home date night as painless as possible. If you do some prep ahead of time, you should be able to get this meal on the table in an hour with very little hands-on time. To make it even easier, we’ve put together a Valentine’s Day Date Night Dinner Menu and Grocery List that you can download for free.
Date Night Dinner Menu for Valentine’s Day
- Main Dish: Beef Roast with Balsamic Cherry Sauce
- Side Dish: Jessika’s Roasted Vegetables – This recipe offers suggestions, but use whichever veggies you and your loved one prefer.
- Side Dish: Simple Rice Pilaf – This recipe uses brown rice, so make sure you start cooking it early enough since brown rice takes twice as long to prepare as white rice.
- Side Dish: Tossed Green Salad – You can make it easy by purchasing a salad kit from the store complete with toppings and dressing.
- Dessert: Homemade Chocolate Truffles
- Wine for Dinner: Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite Los Vascos Grande Reserve ~$16
- Wine for Dessert: Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Vintners Blend ~$8
Meal Preparation Tips:
- Make the truffles before Valentine’s Day and store them in the fridge. They will keep for weeks in the refrigerator, but they’re so delicious, you’ll want to hide them so they don’t get eaten before Valentine’s Day!
- In the morning or even the night before, prepare all the veggies (including onions for the rice pilaf, the veggies for roasting, and the salad ingredients). It will make the entire meal come together much more quickly.
- The roasted veggies and the beef roast can be cooked in the oven at the same time. Although their temperatures are slightly different (400 degrees for veggies, 425 degrees for roast), you should be able to put them both in at 425. The veggies may just finish a little more quickly — watch them to make sure that they don’t burn.
- Timing it all:
- If you’re serving Los Vascos Grand Reserve with dinner, decant it an hour before serving for a more robust flavor.
- Prepare the Simple Rice Pilaf. (Prep time: approx. 5 minutes, Cook time: 40 minutes)
- Prepare Jessika’s Roasted Vegetables (Cook time: 30 – 45 minutes depending on veggies used).
- Prepare the Beef Roast with Balsamic Cherry Sauce (Prep time: approx. 10 minutes, Cook time: 25 minutes, Rest time: 10 minutes)
- Prepare the salad while the main dish and sides are cooking.
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