This Easy Valentine’s Day Menu for Two features delicious recipes that will make you feel like you are eating at a fancy restaurant. Staying at home means that the meal is very affordable. Breakfast, appetizer, and dessert are prepared a day ahead, so that Valentine’s Day is easy and stress-free.
We don’t really do Valentine’s Day anymore. I still remember one fancy Valentine’s Day dinner when my husband wasn’t my husband yet. We went to some fine dining restaurant, there was no menu choice, only pre-fixe multi-course dinner. The meal started with oysters because, well, oysters, you know… Neither my husband nor I eat oysters. For the pasta course there were ravioli, or, better yet, one single raviolo. Not the big kind that fills a whole plate, but one lonely kind that fits on a spoon. The rest of the meal went in the similar small portion direction. We finished that fancy and, oh, so expensive dinner, went home, and had sandwiches in the kitchen as we both were still hungry.
I believe that making restaurant-quality meals at home doesn’t always have to be complicated. There are tons of recipes that are elegant, delicious, fancy, and also easy to make. Cooking a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner at home means that you don’t have to drive home and can enjoy that extra glass of wine. It is also much more budget friendly than going out which means that you can spend the extra money you saved on more delicious food or gifts!
Today I’m sharing with you my Easy Valentine’s Day Menu for Two and that includes breakfast also! I am a huge breakfast/brunch fan, so you can start your day with a totally delicious recipe which you don’t have to spend any time making in the morning, just pop it in the oven and let it do all the work.
And if you want to surprise your loved one and tease them about what are lying ahead, feel free to print this FREE PRINTABLE MENU.
So, to start my delicious and Easy Valentine’s Day Menu for Two let’s make Smoked Salmon Croissant Strata. Delicious smoked salmon croissant sandwiches are covered in egg and milk mixture, sprinkled with cheese, and then baked until golden and puffy in individual casserole dishes. The actual stratas are made the evening before and only baked in the morning, making them an ideal breakfast!
Isn’t it an absolutely gorgeous drink? I love my Sparkling Campari Orange Cocktail. I am not ashamed to admit that I drink it relatively regularly. Very relatively. We don’t buy orange juice that often, maybe once every few months but when I have some orange juice in my fridge I always make myself one or two of these beauties. So, make a couple of glasses for you and your partner and enjoy my Easy Valentine’s Day Menu for Two.
There will most likely be some smoked salmon leftovers from the Smoked Salmon Croissant Strata, and if so, it can be used to make an Affordable Canned and Smoked Salmon Rillettes. Don’t be scared of the word Rillettes, it is just a fancy way of saying course pâté. Just mix some smoked salmon, canned salmon, cooked eggs, and a handful of other ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen and you get a delicious course pâté. The best part is that it needs to be made in advance so you don’t have to make it on Valentine’s Day. Serve it with these beautiful looking pink beet chips. Not only they are delicious but they are also super cute for Valentine’s Day.
There’s not much more quintessentially restaurant-style than a good steak and mushrooms. This Family-Style Steak with Mixed Mushrooms is going to satisfy all your restaurant cravings. The steak is cooked to perfection in your oven, so no need for braving the elements and grilling in the snow. And the sauce is a creamy perfection. The best thing is that this whole meal is made in under 30 minutes with almost no hands-on cooking. As an added bonus, the mushroom sauce is also relatively healthy as it’s made with just milk without any extra cream or cheese.
Of course you need something sweet to finish this meal. And although steak and mushrooms is not too heavy, I figured the meal would be better rounded off with something a bit lighter. So, instead of the more traditional chocolate cake, I suggest having a cup of delicious espresso with a couple of Soft Almond Cookies. They aren’t heavy and not overly sweet and are just perfect to finish the meal.
So, here you have it. An Easy Valentine’s Day Menu for Two that only requires you to make a cocktail and a main course on the day of the celebration. Breakfast, appetizer, and dessert are prepared a day ahead thus making your Valentine’s Day delicious, easy, and stress-free!