If you want to take your sweetheart on a special date, you could book a table at some exquisite place. But wouldn’t it be so much better if you prepared everything yourself? Imagine what they would feel when they come home after an exhausting day at work to a delicious romantic dinner at home.
I’m sure you’ll also feel great knowing that you put that wide grateful smile on your sweetheart’s face. And the best thing is that it’s not that difficult. You don’t have to cook Gordon Ramsay’s specials. Here’s a couple of romantic dinner ideas you could easily use for your romantic dinner.
Roasted heart potatoes
Romantic homemade dinners should not be hard. This dish is super easy to cook and it tastes insanely good. In short, these are potatoes marinated in olive oil, paprika, salt, and rosemary leaves and roasted in the oven.
Potato pieces don’t have to be heart shaped, of course. You could cut them in cubes and they would still taste the same. Or you could go an extra mile and make those cute little hearts to add a special charm to your romantic evening. A little trick you could use to create a crispy shell around each piece is to par-cook your potatoes before roasting them.
Parmesan Risotto with Roasted Shrimp
It’s a perfect dish for Mediterranean cuisine lovers, so if your significant other is Italian at heart, you need to cook this. Imagine a creamy risotto sprinkled with a salty Parmigiano and topped with juicy roasted shrimp.
I’m developing an appetite just writing this. I think this it’s one of the best romantic dinner recipes because it has something fancy in it, yet it is really easy to cook. Just put roasted shrimp on top of a basic risotto and it’s ready.
Seared Salmon with Pesto Fettuccine
This is another delicious recipe for an easy romantic dinner. You can make fresh pesto, or use a jarred one, too if you’re pressed for time. The dish would still taste pretty good. Cook fettuccine until just tender, toss it with pesto, fry pre-seasoned salmon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and serve pasta with the salmon.
Romantic dinner date tips
Besides the food, you need to take care of an atmosphere. Here’s what you could do to make your date unforgettable.
- Choose a perfect location: It would be great if you could pick a location where you don’t normally eat to make everything feel special. You could place a table at your patio if you have one. But any quiet and cozy place would be great provided that you do a little preparation. If there’s not much of a space in your apartment, serve dinner in the kitchen, but clean it before your significant other arrives.
- Use the best dishes: If you have some fancy plates or a nice set of crystal glasses, use them. Also, set the table for a special dinner, place some flowers or candles on it. Just make sure you two could see each other across the table. These small details will add to a romantic atmosphere. As DoULike bloggers admit, these small details will add to a romantic atmosphere.
- Add some music and soft lights: Lighting and music are the two vital things that complement the romantic setting every time. Create a soft dim light in the room using holiday lights or candles or leave a single floor lamp on if it’s not too bright. Finally, play some slow, very low volume music. This should be something you both like. All things combined will create a perfect ambiance for a special evening that you will remember for a long time.
If you have more romantic dinner ideas, let your creative spirit go wild. Now you’re all set. Wait for your significant other to come home and enjoy your date!