Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner Menus

Avoid the Valentine's Day crowds by making dinner for your sweetheart at home. Use these great menu ideas.

Every Valentine's Day, couples go out for a romantic dinner. Unfortunately, most restaurants are ridiculously busy on Valentine's Day; even people who remember to make reservations ahead of time still have to fight crowds and put up with slower than usual service. If you want to avoid crowds and create a more unique experience, consider abandoning restaurants for the night and cooking your sweetheart a dinner at home. Not only will the dinner be perfectly private and probably a lot less expensive, but your significant other will also appreciate the work and thought you put into the meal. All you need are some romantic Valentine's Day dinner menus.

Certain foods are believed to be aphrodisiacs, and these foods are ideal for Valentine's Day dinner. Oysters, which are associated with Venus, the Roman goddess of love, are supposed to increase amorous feelings. Oysters Rockefeller are very popular; if you are not a huge fan of oysters, you still might enjoy a seafood stew that contains oysters. Chocolate and asparagus are both famed aphrodisiac, too.

Aphrodisiacs are not the only way to set the right mood for Valentine's Day. If you are not worried about serving something that is slightly messy, spaghetti and meatballs can be a highly romantic dish. Even if you do not think of the classic "Lady and the Tramp" scene, Italian food is still considered very romantic by most people.

You also might want to serve food that is usually reserved for special occasions, such as fillet mignon, lamb, truffles, and caviar. Serving these items will demonstrate that you do consider the night, and the person you are with, special. Additionally, although many of these items are not difficult to prepare, they are impressive to serve.

Valentine's Day dinner can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. You could just serve one main course, perhaps the spaghetti with meatballs. Or, you could have a more formal dinner with several courses. Here, you might start with an appetizer (maybe caviar or Oysters Rockefeller), followed by a soup (such as fish stew). Then you could serve the main course, perhaps a nice fillet mignon or leg of lamb served with asparagus in truffle oil. Either way, be sure to serve plenty of wine with dinner. And dessert is not optional; definitely end the meal with something chocolaty like chocolate covered strawberries. Champagne should accompany the dessert, as well.

When you are planning your Valentine's Day dinner menu, be sure to take your sweetheart's tastes into account. If your significant other becomes nauseous at the sight of oysters and asparagus, then they will not be enjoyed and they will certainly not work as aphrodisiacs. On the other hand, if you prepare your sweetheart's favorite dish, your work will be appreciated. Remember to set the proper mood for the meal as well. Dinner should be eaten at a small, cozy table. Some music should be playing, although it should not be so loud as to interfere with conversation. Light should be dim, preferably provided by a generous number of candles.

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