Romantic Dinner Recipes – 7 Tips For Planning a Romantic Meal

Here it is, date night. Fate has chosen you to prepare the ultimate romantic dinner, a meal that will leave your date’s taste buds tingling with delight and hopefully set the mood for dessert. Or, “dessert.” Feel like lots of pressure? Don’t sweat it! With a little help and some determination, you can create some of the most romantic dinner recipes your date has ever tasted!

1. Know your date’s needs. The most important rule of organizing a special meal is to be absolutely certain that you are not incorporating any ingredients into your romantic dinner recipes that your date does not like or is allergic to. What better way to seduce someone than cause them to break out in hives, right? A good rule of thumb is this: just ask! Don’t be afraid to ask what they like, what they don’t like, and what they cannot eat based on any food allergies or diet restrictions. You might feel silly asking, but this simple step may save you from any unwanted major disasters.

2. Opt for aphrodisiacs. If you want to give your night a boost, try to use ingredients that are natural aphrodisiacs, such as mustard greens, honey, oysters, chocolate, almonds, figs, carrots, pineapple, and vanilla.

3. Think ahead with your ingredients. Steer clear of gas-causing ingredients such as beans and terribly spicy food. Also, watch your usage of garlic –especially raw garlic– if you’ll be going in for a post dinner-date kiss!

4. Stick to what you know. If you are not a seasoned chef, choose recipes that you are comfortable with. This will boost your confidence and make you believe that the food you prepared for your date is perfect. Choose romantic dinner recipes that are simple, yet nutritious and keep your focus on flavor and presentation.

5. Dress up your food as well as yourself. The statement “presentation is everything” is absolutely true– both for your food and your body! Use solid white dinner plates and keep your food colorful and interesting. Make sure that all of your veggies are chopped uniformly and with precision. This may sound like a minor detail, but it can make or break a finished product. The food should always look as good as it tastes. Those extra little touches make all the difference.

6. Go full flavor. Serving richly flavored foods can be one of the best ways to make your date feel sensual. Use fresh herbs in your recipes, as they create a fresher flavor than dried herbs. And do not add any salt or pepper until you are in the last stages of cooking. This is so that you can taste your food and determine how much seasoning the dish actually needs. It is much easier to add seasoning in the end than to have to tweak a recipe because you added too much salt in the beginning. But don’t be afraid of spices! Giving your date something he or she has never tasted before can waken a feeling of excitement and adventure– which is not a bad way to start off a date.

7. Wine and dine. Choose a wine that pairs nicely with the romantic dinner recipes you’ve chosen for your menu. Here are a few simple rules to remember when pairing wine with food:

White wine typically goes best with fish, poultry, some pork, and cream-based pasta dishes. Red wine, on the other hand, pairs nicely with beef, most pork, and tomato-based pasta dishes. If you are unsure, just take a copy of your menu to your local wine merchant and ask the staff for help. They’ll probably pick out the perfect bottle to impress Mr. or Ms. Wonderful.

Finding or creating your own romantic dinner recipes can be a bit of a challenge. However, if you keep these simple rules in mind, you’ll have no problem putting together a romantic dinner that you date won’t be able to resist. And that might make them unable to resist you.