Simple, Sexy Valentine's Day Dinner Menu for 2 (PHOTOS)

Adriana Velez | Feb 6, 2015 Food & Party

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Cooking a special Valentine's Day dinner for your sweetheart sounds like a romantic idea ... until you think about all the time it's going to take! Relax, we've got your easy-yet-impressive V-Day menu plan ready.

A flirty cocktail, some red meat, and an insanely decadent dessert made with just two ingredients: This dinner is going to be a snap! And it'll leave you both with more time and energy to indulge in Valentine's loving.

What kind of food do you think is the most romantic?

Valentine's Day menu dinner 

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  • Champagne Cocktails


    What could be sexier than two flutes of rose-hued champagne cocktails? You can make Kir Royale with any sparkling white wine and a splash of Créme de Cassis, a sweet blackcurrant liquer. Or, make some blackberry syrup ahead of time for Blackberry Thyme Sparklers.

    Enjoy these while you whip up those steaks! Then split the rest of the sparkling wine with dinner ... or switch to a dry red.

  • Filet Mignon With Balsamic Glaze


    Get ready to serve up a restaurant-quality dish in just a few quick steps! This Filet Mignon with Rich Balsamic Glaze recipe calls for steak, red wine, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper -- that's it! It takes 5 minutes to prep, 15 minutes to cook, and you only need one pan. Add a sprig of rosemary and a pat of butter if you're feeling fancy.

    Another, less expensive idea: Braised Short Ribs you can cook in the crock pot.

  • Sugar Snap Peas


    I don't know about your guy, but whenever I say "salad" to my boyfriend, he displays a certain lack of enthusiasm, if you know what I mean. But we still need some green in there, right? Try Ina Garden's sweet and quick sugar snap peas dish. (These are immature pea pods, and you eat them whole, tender pod and all.) You just sautee them for five minutes in olive oil. Salt, and you're done! Snow peas will work for this dish, too -- just cook them for three minutes instead of five.

  • Crusty Bread


    You could roast a few potatoes. But if you want to make things easier on yourself, pick up a loaf of the freshest, crusty artisan bread you can find. Slice it up, put it in a basket, and serve with room-temperature butter or a little dipping dish of olive oil.

  • Nutella Brownies


    Ladies, this is a 2-ingredient brownie recipe, and one of those ingredients is Nutella. CAN'T LOSE! (Unless you don't like Nutella. The other ingredient is egg.) Make them the day before. OR, if this is not your thing, you could make this incredible 2-ingredient chocolate mousse recipe instead.

  • Your Grocery List


    Here's what you'll need.

    Kir Royale:

    1 small bottle Créme de Cassis

    1 bottle sparkling white wine (Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, etc.)

    Filet Mignon in Balsamic Glaze:

    2 4-ounce filet mignon steaks

    Balsamic vinegar

    Dry red wine

    Sugar Snap Peas:

    1 pound sugar snap peas or snow peas


    1-2 loaves crusty artisan bread (baguette, etc.)

    Olive oil or butter

    Nutella Brownies:

    4 large eggs

    13-ounce jar of Nutella


    Candles if you don't have any!


  • Preparation


    One day ahead: Buy all ingredients.* Bake Nutella brownies.

    Day of: Buy the bread the day of, if possible. Set your table. Candles are a must!

    One hour before: Remove steaks from refrigerator and let reach room temperature on counter. Wash and de-stem sugar snap peas. Get out all of your ingredients. Slice bread.

    Thirty minutes before: Mix champagne cocktails and start steaks. Let steaks rest at least 10 minutes before serving.

    Ten minutes before: Cook sugar snap peas while the steaks rest. 



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