Winter is upon us, and it’s hard to do anything during these cold, dark days except sit on the couch and watch endless amounts of TV. If you’re in a relationship, you may find it hard to even get out of the house and head to a nice restaurant for date night. So why not have date night at home? Doing so can be a fun way to change things up with a long-term partner, or can even help you impress the person you’ve been seeing for just a few weeks. Whether you’re planning for Valentine’s Day or just another Friday night, these date-night recipes—like citrusy red sangria and a quick Thai shrimp stir-fry—will help you put a lovely meal on the table for your special someone, no matter the occasion.
Citrusy, sweet, and strong, this sangria is an ideal accompaniment to your date-night meal.
A subtly sweet and lightly tart drink perfect for every occasion.
For better and brighter oysters Rockefeller, lose the spinach and cream, prepare the topping in stages, then serve as a stand-out appetizer.
Classic Creamy Carrot Soup
Roasted carrots, simmered carrots, and carrot juice bring forth sweetness in this comforting appetizer.
Ukoy (Filipino Shrimp and Vegetable Fritters)
These crisp, juicy shrimp and vegetable fritters are paired with a spiced vinegar for dipping.
This classic preparation is quick, easy, and arguably one of the best ways to serve delicate fillets.
A classic Greek dish made of rich, hearty layers of potato, eggplant, and tomato-based meat sauce, blanketed in creamy béchamel.
Goong Pad Nam Prik Pao (Thai Stir-Fried Shrimp With Chile Jam)
A savory-sweet Thai stir-fry made with shrimp, oyster mushrooms, long beans, and nam prik pao.
Malloreddus Alla Campidanese (Sardinian Ridged Pasta With Saffron and Pork Ragù)
Tuck into this rich Sardinian dish of homemade semolina pasta swathed in a hearty pork ragù.
Braised Chinese-Style Short Ribs
These fork-tender ribs are braised with soy sauce, orange, and 5-spice powder for a comforting meal that’s bursting with flavor.
Pasta alla Gricia
Guanciale, black pepper, Pecorino Romano, and pasta come together in a study of delicious minimalism.
Salads and Sides
Trevisano Radicchio Salad With Satsumas, Pistachios, and Calabrian Chile Vinaigrette
Forget winter with this bright and citrusy chicory salad. The dressing brings together satsumas, pistachios, and Calabrian chile and takes the salad to the next level.
Chinese Eggplant Salad
A bright and spicy side dish, this salad is served cold and can stand on its own when eaten with flavorful stir-fries and braised meats.
A buttery union of crisp potatoes and meltingly tender onions—perfect next to meat dishes like steak or ribs.
Sous Vide Glazed Carrots
Sous vide carrots are intensely flavorful and perfectly cooked—every time.
Basque cheesecake boasts a creamy center and a deeply caramelized “burnt” top and bottom, thanks to a high-temperature bake—no crust required.
Eggless Chocolate Mousse
The creamy toffee notes of homemade condensed milk set this recipe apart from the custardy, yolk-rich profile of traditional chocolate mousse.
Ginger Spice Brownies
A complex blend of spices complements the rich chocolate in these brownies and adds warmth.