Did you forget to make dinner reservations for your anniversary?? All is not lost; it’s a much more personal gesture to make a romantic dinner at home.
However, we don’t want to make our usual dishes and miss the point of it being a special occasion. We’d also like it if the dinner seemed fancier and more involved than we’re capable of! With all of that in mind, here are seven recipes for the perfect anniversary spent at home.
1. Penne alla Vodka
Who doesn’t love a steaming plate of pasta in creamy tomato sauce? This delicious recipe is elegant enough for the perfect date night. Simple, classic, and super tasty, it’s a wonderful option for making pasta for two. It only takes 20 minutes to make and requires simple ingredients that most of us probably have at home. It is also a delicious and fancy-looking pasta dish you can make on a budget.
If you were originally planning on going out to eat, here’s a dish that shows up on almost every fine dining menu. Your spouse will be amazed at how well you’ve replicated it, and you’ll be amazed at how easy it was to pull off! You use one pan for the chicken and the sauce, and the rest is as easy as boiling pasta.
Here’s the real secret to a dinner that seems special – it’s not always in the technique, it’s in the quality of the ingredients. If you can find a few excellent filets of wild salmon, most of the work is done. This salmon is marinated in six simple ingredients and sauteed for a few minutes – that’s it!
If your spouse thinks breakfast-for-dinner is a real treat, take it up a notch with something sweet. Sandwich cream cheese, jam, and fresh strawberries between extra thick slices of bread dip it in a rich, more custard-like batter, and fry it up as you normally would. Also perfect for Sunday morning breakfast in bed.
What if we told you that you could put together the perfect anniversary dinner in less than an hour? Chicken Caprese requires little more than the ability to saute a chicken breast. From there, you just need some balsamic vinegar and some fresh basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella. Nonetheless, your spouse will dedicate a toast to your newfound kitchen skills.
One sheet pan of roasted veggies meet the quickest-cooking noodle on the market to make a dish that seems out of your usual depth. Add in plenty of freshly-grated parm, and you and your spouse will have a new reason to celebrate.
7. London Broil
Show the carnivore in your life that you care with a classic, well-executed London broil. It takes about eight hours, and all but 30 minutes of this is completely hands-off, as the secret is a good, long marination period. All you have to do is fire up the grill, and cook it for less than ten minutes on each side.
Dessert, anyone? Trifles are the ultimate in fancy-looking desserts that are deceptively easy. All this recipe requires is a trifle dish, so you can layer your most decadent ingredients inside and chill. This chocolate trifle is an over-the-top combination of pudding, whipped cream, candy, and brownies that will make your spouse fall in love all over again.