Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away, and whether you celebrate it or not, it is a great excuse to enjoy a scrumptious meal with your loved one. If you’re a dab-hand in the kitchen and want some ideas of romantic recipes to spoil your partner with, read on.
- Roasted chicken with lemon and potatoes
A roast chicken doesn’t have to be a big family affair, and sometimes this simple dish can make for an extremely romantic one if you flavour it right. Instead of a traditional roast dinner, this recipe comes to life with a dressing of basil, butter, lemon zest, garlic and spring onions.
The potatoes, which are as important to the feast as the chicken, are tossed with extra-virgin olive oil and seasoning before being roasted underneath the chicken. The flavours will seep into the potatoes, while a splash of lemon will instantly freshen up a hearty meal.
One of the great things about this dish is you don’t have to mess around preparing it while your loved one is around. Instead, you can put it in the oven and let it cook while you serve some canapés or enjoy a celebratory tipple together.
- Spicy Italian mussels and ‘frites’
There is something extremely sexy about seafood, and if your partner enjoys shellfish, this spicy mussels recipe served with homemade fries is ideal.
The addition of pancetta, onion, garlic, olive oil, crushed red pepper and tomatoes really adds a Mediterranean flavour to the meal. Enhance your fries by tossing them with Parmesan for a quick, yet delicious, dinner for two.
- Potato gnocchi with pork ragu
While this recipe might be time-consuming if you make the gnocchi from scratch, it is certainly worth it in the end. While preparing the potato gnocchi, you simply have to cook garlic and ground pork in olive oil, before adding tomato puree, dry white wine, chicken stock, parsley, chives and tarragon, waiting patiently before each addition.
Having gnocchi with the sauce makes this meal seem more special; however, it can be easily be replaced with tagliatelle for a much easier, and equally as tasty, alternative.
- Chocolate olive oil cake
Valentine’s Day meals are not only about the main course, and the dessert is just as important, if not more. Sharing a delicious creamy pudding, a softly whipped ice-cream, or dark chocolate truffles can be extremely romantic, so it is certainly worth considering what to serve as afters if you are preparing a meal on February 14th.
One of our favourite recipes has to be chocolate olive oil cake, as this is rich, scrumptious and deliciously moreish.
It is made with flour, cocoa, granulated and dark brown sugars, coffee, cider or white vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil. While the ingredients might look like a strange mix, they offer sharpness and flavour that you do not get with ordinary chocolate cakes.
It is the glaze that particularly makes the recipe stand out though, as its icing of chocolate chips, cocoa powder, olive oil, light corn syrup and a pinch of flaky sea salt all melted together and drizzled on top give it that sweet-salty taste that is so popular these days.
This cake can be made a couple of days in advance, which means you don’t have to preoccupy yourself with baking on Valentine’s Day itself, leaving time free for you to prepare your main meal.