Three Perfect Valentine’s Day Menus

by Maris Callahan on February 10, 2011

So, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. You’re either planning a romantic, ten-course meal that you’re going to cook for your special someone (maybe even while wearing something skimpy) or perhaps you’re planning on cooking a tapas-style small plates dinner for a few of your closest friends, which you’ll eat while drinking wine and complaining about the opposite sex.

Or maybe you and your two pals, Ben & Jerry, are going to get a little freaky. I’m not judging, promise.

Spread the love with some of our favorite delicious dishes, regardless of what your celebration looks like.

Romantic Dinner for Two:

Don’t worry about pulling out all the culinary stops for Valentine’s Day. Instead, keep it simple and since you won’t have to spend the whole night fussing and stirring, you’ll enjoy your date that much more. Instead of truffles and risotto, impress your sweetie with a combination of classic comfort foods like Caesar salad, seared steak and sweet potato fries and then top off the meal with a classically elegant chocolate dessert. Pair the meal with Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel.

Warm Scallop Caesar Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Seared Steak Filets with Mustard Sauce from The Kitchn

Sweet Potato Fries from In Good Taste

Chocolate Dump-It Cake from A Sweet Spoonful

Small Plates (Tapas) Party with Friends:

If your Valentine’s Day is going to be low-key and casual, the food you serve should be too. Plan an array of no-fuss fare that will keep your guests sated. You can even purchase some store-bought items here, such as a variety of gourmet olives, cured meats and cheeses and a few crispy baguettes to munch on between courses. Pair with a big pitcher of pomegranate sangria.

White Bean Bruschetta from In Good Taste

Chicken Satay from The Perfect Pantry

Hot Crab Dip from Chez Us

Pears with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto from In Good Taste

Honey-Drizzled Cheese Toasts from In Good Taste

Dried Cranberry and Ginger Cannoli from Dana Treat

Chocolate Pretzel Tart from Pictures & Pancakes

Date Night for One:

You might be flying solo this year but your kitchen needs love too. Do cupid proud with a hearty meal that balances crisp, fresh greens with indulgent macaroni and cheese (made with whole wheat pasta for guilt appeasement. Serve your meal with a bottle of bubbles and toast yourself for being so freaking awesome.

Easy Macaroni & Cheese from In Good Taste

Winter Green Salad from YumSugar (save the leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch!)

Microwave Chocolate Cake for One from Baking Bites

Now, it’s your turn to make a menu!

Since we announced the launch of Foodily last week, there has been a lot of wonderful feedback from bloggers who are interested in having their own menus featured. If you’d like to create a Foodily Valentine’s Day menu with the possibility of being featured on the site, here’s what ya do:

1. Go to and login with Facebook Connect (or create a login).
2. Play around with recipes and find your favorites to create a perfectly delish Valentine’s Day meal!
3. Once you’ve selected a recipe save it to a menu:

  • From the recipe, select the “save” button, save it as an appetizer, main, etc., and then it’ll ask you to name your menu. Create your special Valentine’s menu title.
  • Continue adding recipes and saving to that menu

4. View your menu (either from tab at top or from your profile) and grab the URL (you can also share your menu on Facebook and grab the URL there). Note: the URL will look similar to this:
5.Tweet the following and be sure to include the #foodilyvdaymenu hashtag at the end:

Check out my @foodily Valentine’s Day menu! Create one of your own! http//(your menu URL here) #foodilyvdaymenu

6. Foodily will be watching and selecting menu winners daily to be featured on the Foodily site!

Note: You can also enter by sharing your menu on Foodily’s Facebook wall.

[photo credits: top, The Kitchn; middle, Google Images]

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristina February 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm

These look fantastic Maris! Thank you. I’ve got my eye on that Chocolate Dump-It Cake and the Honey-Drizzled Cheese Toasts.


Matt February 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Hmm…This menu reminds me of the menu I put together for Valentine’s Day last year (with your help of course), minus the chocolate.


Dana February 11, 2011 at 8:15 am

I’m honored to be included in this list! At this point, I have no plans of either cooking dinner or making reservations for dinner. Better remedy that!


Daryl February 11, 2011 at 9:53 am

What great ideas. I am not a meat eater but that steak looks AMAZING!


Roz February 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

Hi Maris, On Monday, I’ll be having a romantic dinner with my husband, but the tapas menu looks great, and makes me want to throw a tapas party REALLY soon. Thanks for ALL the great ideas!! have a good weekend.


Sherry Greek February 15, 2011 at 2:34 am

Can I mix and match? The mac n cheese, sweet potato fries, and the dump cake. Done. =)


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