Plan a Luxurious Three-Course Meal for Valentine’s Day

Plan a Luxurious Three-Course Meal for Valentine's Day Valentine’s Day, for many, means a fancy dinner at an expensive restaurant. However, eating dinner out can be crowded and loud – making the night less romantic than expected. So this Valentine’s Day, choose to stay in and prepare a romantic and luxurious meal for your Valentine. Here’s how to plan a three-course meal for your special night.

But before we prepare the dishes, let’s discuss a few ways to set the ambiance for your meal.

  • Focus on the food. Do you know your date’s favorite dishes? Or certain items they’re allergic to or especially dislike? Simply by paying attention to the food that you both really enjoy will automatically make it a successful meal.
  • Shop in advance. Once you decide what you are going to cook, make a grocery list and grocery shop three days in advance. Doing so makes the “day of” less stressful and gives you plenty of time in case you forget something.
  • Don’t forget about the extras. Remember any sentimental extras like that specific brand of wine your date will enjoy or has nostalgic meaning to you both. It will add a romantic touch. You can also make a special playlist with music that is important to your relationship to add more romance to the evening.
  • Mood Lighting. Nice restaurants all seem to have low lighting to enhance the romance of the dining experience. You can create this lighting by adding a cluster of candles of different sizes as a centerpiece or scatter little votive candles around the room.

Now for the main event – The Food. Here is a luxurious three-course meal that is sure to please the taste buds and help make it a special Valentine’s Day dinner.

First Course - Homemade Classic Caesar Salad

While the ideas of a typical Caesar Salad is OK, making a fresh Caesar Salad from scratch can be amazing! Don’t be scared of the anchovies and  egg yolks, as those are the distinguishing ingredients to a “true” Caesar Salad.

Ingredients

  • 6 anchovy fillets packed in oil
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp finely grated Parmesan

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Second Course - Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon
This luxurious and delicious piece of beef melts like butter when prepared properly. It pairs well with creamy au gratin potatoes or creamed spinach.

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 beef filet steak, 8 to 10 ounces, 2 inches thick
  • 1 piece thin bacon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

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Third Course - 4-Minute Chocolate Mousse
This ultra-lux chocolate dessert is the perfect ending to the perfect meal. Plus it only takes 4 minutes to make!!

Ingredients

  • 4 oz bar of high-quality dark chocolate (ex. Ghiradelli).
  • 10 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup extra-fine granulated sugar (not powdered sugar!), or just grind up regular granulated sugar in a food processor or coffee grinder.
  • 1 large egg white
  • chocolate shavings, to garnish
  • 2 tbsp Amaretto, Amaretto Syrup, or other liqueur (optional)

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Hopefully, you will be able to use these ideas to create a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner that you and your special someone will really enjoy.

Bon appetit!