Skip the Crowded Restaurant’s and Cook One of These 10 Meals Instead

01/11/2018

By: Kayla Brown

 

Why make reservations only to sit in a crowded restaurant while you and your significant other are waiting hours for dinner? Impress the person you love with a home cooked Valentine’s Day dinner. Don’t have any ideas? Well, lucky for you – we’ve got some mouthwateringly delicious desserts that are sure to be more special (and yummy) than any dish at a restaurant!

 

 

Italian

Cheesy Gnocchi with Spicy Italian Sausage

The type of dish you can prepare ahead of time and slide right into the oven. Plus, it won’t leave you with a sink full of pots and pans. We suggest serving this Italian-inspired main course with a tangy Caesar salad and warm garlic bread.

 

Creamy Skillet Ziti

Creamier and cheesier than its oven baked cousin, this dish puts a smile on everyone’s face.  To sum this meal up in just a few words; simple, delicious, and a sure crowd pleaser!

 

 

Meat Lovers

Bourbon Barrel Stout

Many short rib recipes will have you use red wine or brandy for the sauce, but we’ve found something better – bourbon barrel stout.  This is the perfect meal to make on a chilly Valentine’s night, when sitting by the fire is more enticing than going out.  The overall cook time is a bit lengthy at 3 and a half hours, but we promise it’s well worth the wait.

 

Mustard, Peppercorn & Herb Crusted Prime Rib

It’s Valentine’s Day! So tonight, it's time for you to indulge! Spice up dinner with some Prime Rib.  This recipe brings a lot of flavor to the crust of the meat, while leaving the inside perfectly flavored and tender.

 

 

Seafood

Sausage & Shrimp Gumbo

Across the South, no two people make gumbo alike. Chefs have styles; families have traditions. But this version is our favorite – and packed with flavor!

 

Bourbon Glazed Salmon

Bourbon is not only a great evening libation, but the sugar content and the smoky, sweet flavor from the barrels it’s aged in ads a deep complexity to simple flavor proteins such as chicken and fish. Serve the below Bourbon Glazed Salmon recipe with rice and your favorite green vegetable.

 

 

Vegetarian

Eggplant Parmesan

This Italian-American dish knows no nutritional boundaries. Layer upon layer of crispy fried eggplant is smothered beneath melted cheese, tangy tomato sauce and fresh herbs. It’s delicious, but one serving packs enough saturated fat and sodium for a whole day! That’s why we came up with this recipe – which provides you with an easy way to recreate all the flavors of traditional eggplant Parmesan without the heaviness and grease. Bon appétit!

 

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Many people love the hearty flavors that the squash has when it’s roasted, and the shape of the squash makes for a great "bowl" to hold all the stuffing.  It's packed with so much flavor that even your "I must have meat in every meal" types will be satisfied!

 

 

International

Traditional Chicken Curry

Our chef's wanted to create a succulent chicken curry recipe for everyone to enjoy! The inviting aroma that is created when you simmer juicy and flavorful chunks of chicken in a bold sauce made of dynamic spices just cannot be ignored.

 

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry

Everyone loves a good stir-fry.  Stir-fry is also a great way to effortlessly add veggies into a meal. The cook time is short giving you more time to focus on making the evening something really special. Plus, it’s the sauce that makes this easy stir-fry recipe so tasty; a combination of sweet and salty flavors makes this dish truly mouthwatering.

 

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