From Venison Steak to Chocolate Cake: Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes

Even if you and your sweetheart tend to stick to a more low key Valentine’s Day celebration, you can still add sweetness to the night with this perfect dinner. Stay in, cook together, and feel the good vibrations sweep over the room as you settle in for the night. Tune out the week and focus on the person you love – isn’t that the real purpose of Valentine’s Day, anyways?

These Valentine’s Day dinner recipes are a surefire way to anyone’s heart, and it’s the perfect full-course meal for two, or for your budding family. Romantic meals aren’t just shared between life partners – encompass your whole family in the love that comes from the holiday.

The Sips

Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Bubbly

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This recipe adds a festive touch to any occasion with the addition of champagne. Be sure to make extra strawberry syrup – you can use it to top off dessert, or pour over ice cream later in the week.

Find the recipe here.

Sloe Gin Fizz with Rose Water

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When you combine rose water, fresh lemon, and gin, magical things happen. Just look at the beautiful color of this sloe gin fizz and try to tell me it doesn’t make you instantly happy!

Find the recipe here.

Red Wine

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Alternatively, a full-bodied red wine will set the tone and the mood for the menu to follow.

A Syrah will compliment the red wine reduction chocolate sauce for the venison steak, and will marry the flavors of the dinner together entirely.

The Salad

Carrot, Radish, and Cucumber Salad

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This light and refreshing salad will prep you for what comes next. Using a ribbon tool, like this tri-blade spiral slicer, your own carrots and cucumbers will retain the most gorgeous shapes.

However, you can also cube your vegetables if you’re in a rush. If your favorite person in the world loves cheese, go ahead and sprinkle a bit of parmesan cheese on top. Find the recipe here.

The Main Course

Venison Steak with Red Wine Chocolate Sauce

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As for the main dish, this venison steak recipe is one of our tried and true favorites. Quite frankly, it takes an awful lot of impatience to mess it up, which makes it perfect as a weeknight Valentine’s Day dinner. Sure, you could serve something classic like a filet mignon or a flank steak with a blue cheese dressing, but venison is just in your freezer waiting to be used.

The red wine chocolate sauce is something to embrace, not fear. The start of a romantic dinner is a risk, and this one seriously pays off when it comes to romantic recipes.

One taste of the great flavor and you’ll be kicking yourself that you never tried it sooner. Your best valentine will be speechless, and that’s how you know you have a romantic meal on your hands. Find the recipe here.

The Sides

Parsnip Purée

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Parsnips are in season from fall to spring, but they reach peak deliciousness during January and February. Take a cue from Mother Nature and skip the potatoes in favor of this parsnip purée.

With the exceptions of the parsnips, the ingredients are probably in your pantry already. It will pair nicely with the red wine chocolate reduction sauce from the venison, making it a-okay if foods touch.

Find the recipe here.

Green Bean Bundles

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If you’re forgoing a traditional bouquet this year and forget to order your beef jerky bro-quet, these green bean bundles are the perfect stand-in. Wrapped in bacon and cooked to optimal crispness, just pop them in the oven when you start dinner prep.

Nothing says I love you like a serving of vegetables wrapped in bacon, right? Find the recipe here.

The Sweets

Chocolate Lava Cake

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Valentine’s Day practically invented the idea of decadence, so finish off that delicious meal with this chocolate lava cake recipe that will pair wonderfully with the venison and its companion sauce.

It only uses seven ingredients, and they’re all classic pantry items. Find the recipe here.

Chocolate Shake Cocktail

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If you’d prefer to end your evening with something a little boozier, this cocktail was made for your requests. Simply blend the ingredients in a blender until smooth, and decorate your martini glasses with chocolate sauce.

Don’t have martini glasses? A wine glass will work just fine! Find the recipe here.

 Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter after that delicious meal, these chocolate crinkle cookies are just what the doctor ordered. Make a batch and snack on them throughout the week as you wish!

Or you can eat them all in one evening. No judgment here, we’ve been there before. Find the recipe here.

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