The easiest way to stand out to a date is to just cook for them. 50 percent of Americans say they hate to cook, choosing to eat out multiple nights a week.
Date night dinner needs to impress, but can’t be complicated and time-consuming. We have five great tasting recipes that can be made in no time while still tasting great.
1. Twice Baked Mini Potato Gratin Muffins
This recipe requires garlic, sour cream, butter, and grated cheese. Don’t forget some salt and pepper for seasoning.
Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees and grabbing a muffin tin. Grease the muffin tin for easy removal later. Cook the potatoes and then slice them thinly.
Stack the potato slices in the muffin cups, seasoning every other layer. Use the garlic, salt, and pepper to taste.
Top each stack with a dollop of sour cream, some grated cheese, and finally a small bit of butter. For an extra kick sprinkle some nutmeg over the top.
Bake the potatoes for 30-45 minutes, the smaller the cups, the less time is needed. Serve as a side to the main dish.
2. Blue Cheese Steak
Start out with two choice cuts of steak. This recipe will also require a half cup of blue cheese, salt, pepper, and butter or oil.
Season the steaks with the salt and pepper. Heat up a frying pan and toss a pad of butter in.
Cook the steak for about three minutes on one side. Flip the steaks over and pile blue cheese on top.
Cook the steaks more or less depending on preferred level of doneness. Just make sure the blue cheese has enough time to melt.
3. Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic-Cranberry Sauce
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees while the pork gets seared on all sides. Then throw the pork and skillet in the oven.
Cook the pork until it’s 155 degrees in the middle. This should be about ten minutes.
Make the sauce by mixing broth, cranberry sauce, and vinegar until blended. Boil the sauce so it reduces and becomes thick.
Slice and plate the pork. Spoon the sauce over the top.
4. Chicken Breasts in Champagne Sauce
Roll the chicken breasts in flour so they are well coated. Brown them in a hot skillet with some butter. Toss in some mushrooms.
Cover the skillet and cook for ten minutes. Then take everything out of the pan and give it a good wipe.
Put the chicken and mushrooms back in the skillet with cream and simmer again for ten minutes. Once the chicken is cooked plate them.
Add champagne to the cream left in the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce so there is a thick sauce to spoon over the chicken.
5. Chocolate Mousse
When deciding what to cook for a date, don’t forget about dessert. For this one, melt some chocolate chips and water in a pot.
Wisk in vanilla for flavor. Let the chocolate cool while whipping some cream and add confectioner’s sugar.
Blend the chocolate and whipped cream. Spoon the mixture into a fancy bowl and garnish with grated chocolate.
Enjoy Your Date Night Dinner
With these simple date night dinner recipes, anyone can impress their date with something fancy without having to slave away in the kitchen all night. Bake the potato gratins as a side for any of the main dish recipes we listed.
Choose steak, pork, or chicken for the main dish. Then finish the dinner with some delicious chocolate mousse.
Make sure the food doesn’t outshine the date, don’t be one of these worst dates.