Romantic dinner menu ideas

posted 4 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
7656 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@amoret11:  I am so bad with romantic recipes because I am one that is like, “I will cook a romantic meal.” My husband’s idea of a romantic meal? STEAK. And then he cooks it himself lol.

I would say pasta of some kids or chicken (or both). That seems like a good setup for a romantic meal. Unfortunately I am not that skilled so my recipes are out of the question.

Post # 5
1753 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Fondue!  It’s super romantic because it is all shared 🙂

Post # 7
1641 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Do you guys like fish? When I want to surprise FI with a romantic dinner I usually make salmon. We don’t have it often because I don’t like it and also because it’s pretty expensive.

But if I’m feeling extra nice, I’ll buy him a filet and make a lemon and dill sauce or a maple glaze or something with it alongside spinach and orzo or mashed potatoes. 🙂

Post # 8
1321 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

Id go with proscuitto, mozzarella and basil stuffed chicken breasts with pasta and marsala sauce.  I’d go with a dessert you can share afterwards too.

Post # 9
2081 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

Beef Goulash and Dumplings.
Recipe here.

Post # 10
9956 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Lol, there is always Engagement Chicke or You Won’t Be Single Long Vodka Cream Sauce Pasta (the latter is pretty dang good BTW)

Actually I have a ton of great recipes for a special dinner at home…

  • Wine Chicken (white wine)
  • Drunk Jamaican Chicken (rum)
  • Coq au Vin (red wine)
  • Chicken Marsala (marsala)
  • Boeuf Bourguignon (red wine)
  • Chicken Diane
  • Osso Bucco
  • Cabbage Rolls & Perogies
  • 7 Layer Lasagna


What you make will depend a lot on what ingredients you have on hand (can get on short notice) and how much time you have.

Lol, sometimes something simple as a Steak, Fresh Fish Fillet, Crabs Legs, or a whole Roast Chicken can be special and romantic if it isn’t something you don’t do often… or vary the cooking method, side dishes, or presentation.

Hope this helps,


Post # 11
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@megz06:  We *always* go to steak for our date-night meals, and DH always cooks it as he’s better at red meat!

For our last romantic meal in, I roasted some lamb with garlic, rosemary and pepper and served it with steamed asparagus, roasted carrots and red wine jus.

Post # 13
1369 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@megz06:  This is too funny.

“I would say pasta of some kids or chicken (or both).”

How do you prepare kid pasta? Roast the kids or sautee them?

 @amoret11:  Hospital cafeteria dinners are so romantic! Hope your hand feels better soon.

Post # 14
7656 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@worldtraveler:  Lol wow I really fat fingered that whole sentence. I meant some kind of chicken (I think lol) but apparently WB now knows me as the woman who eats kids.

And I prefer them grilled to perfection,  thank you very much. 🙂

Post # 15
964 posts
Busy bee

@amoret11:  Oh my gosh! Are you okay? That’s a pretty funny story though, assuming that you’re okay. Will you be trying to plan another romantic dinner?

I wouldn’t mind more suggestions on romantic dinner meals! I think this is a good idea and would like to do this before our wedding.

Post # 16
793 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m not so sure I’d aim at “romantic”. When I cook something special for my husband, I cook him the things I know he loves. This meatball recipe is awesome. I prepare the mix and roll them to jumbo size. I brown them on all sides in a pan with a bit of oil. Then I place them in a deep ceramic dish and cover them completely with spaghetti sauce. They bake the entire time in the sauce, so they stay super moist and come out perfectly. 🙂 Use your sauce or pasta of choice. Bolognese or spicy sauces are great for us. And I love angel hair pasta.

It’s totally a “man meal”. I’ve made them for the family when we have had big family dinners and they are always a big hit. It usually only takes one meatball per person because they are huge. Sometimes 2, but then you’re stuffed!

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