These 10 stress-free show-stoppers will impress any Valentine’s date
Overpromised for your Valentine’s soirée? If you’re looking for a standout recipe that’ll knock the socks off your date without sending your stress levels through the roof, you’re in luck.
Start feeling the love. These show-stopping dishes will have them coming back for more.
If time isn’t on your side and you need to prep dinner but freshen up too, this truffle-packed pasta is the one for you. Crispy golden mushrooms balance out the rich, creamy sauce and with a side of buttery, garlic bread, it’s all you need for an easy 20 min stunner.
Cooking scallops doesn’t have to be a Michelin-level challenge. These gently seared, brown butter-coated morsels will impress your guests without causing a kitchen crisis. Paired with creamy mash and tender asparagus spears, it doesn’t get butter than this.
There’s no better way to someone’s heart than an Indian feast. The heady mix of aromatic butter chicken and succulent lamb seekh is a surefire way to catch your date’s attention. Take it up a level with golden naans, crispy onion bhajis and a cooling mint raita on the side.
The Italians know a thing or two about romantic dinners and this tangy tomato tart is no different. Each slice is loaded with moreish caramelised onions and juicy cherry tomatoes. Take it home with a creamy burrata pairing that’ll leave your date head over heels.
Looking for something to spice up your evening? This sticky, gochujang-coated fried chicken takes a leaf out of the Korean cooking book with bucketfuls of umami. Make it a meal with a side of creamy slaw and sticky rice – it’ll be love at first bite.
Pull out all the stops with a French and North African-inspired dinner that’s as easy as it is impressive. We’re talking tender duck breast, melt-in-your-mouth sweet potato purée and perfectly roasted Tenderstem, finished off with lashings of pomegranate and honey sauce. Oh là là.
Want to keep it classic? You can’t go wrong with good old steak and chips. Our version kicks it up a notch with a side of truffle-drizzled pomme purée, buttery kale and creamy peppercorn sauce.
Take your date on a trip to China with a Valentine’s feast from the east. These legendary buns are packed with sticky, sweet char-siu-style pork, tangy pickled slaw and punchy sriracha mayo. Paired with crispy onion-loaded fries, it’ll be a night to remember.
What’s Valentine’s Day without a hearty mushroom risotto? This date night go-to is super speedy and sure to impress with juicy chestnut mushrooms and plenty of garlicky goodness. Finished off with oven-roasted Greek cheese, this creamy dinner is all you need for a successful eve.
Show off your elegant side with an impressive dish that’ll show off your cooking chops while keeping you cool, calm and collected. All you’ll need is tender pan-fried salmon, creamy pea velouté and extra crispy hasselback potatoes to round out this show-stopper.
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