There’s just something more romantic about staying in and making a beautiful meal with your partner. You’re working together, have lots of chances to be playful, and you’re on your home turf. No need to worry about drinking and driving or surged Uber prices. No pours of wine that feel a little short either. These are our go-to recipes for a night in.
1. Caprese Salad
There is something fun about a Caprese salad. Bright red tomato and lush green basil contrasting against fresh white mozzarella and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Not only is a Caprese salad a classier way to start a night then a Cesear or cobb salad, but it is also more versatile as well. Perfect for a snack on a picnic or the start of a five-course meal in.
Check out this simple Caprese salad recipe.
2. Cream of Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
Soups are a great way to warm up on a cold winter night. If you’re having a steak night, why not start the night off with some homemade cream of broccoli and cheddar soup?
The best part is there is an easy shortcut to making homemade soups – you can make them in many premium blenders! We like this recipe from Vitamix.
3. Backyard Wood Oven Fire Pizza
Maybe you have a grand outdoor kitchen including an Italian brick wood oven fire pizza oven. If you don’t have a bazillion dollar budget, check out a BBQ pizza stone which lets you cook a pizza on your BBQ. If you have a charcoal BBQ, add some wood that that kiss of smoke only a wood oven pizza has.
Make it a game by making each other’s pizza with a recipe from Weber BBQs. As a bonus, try baking a homemade loaf of bread on the grill as an appetizer.
4. Matty Matheson’s Get You Laid Lassana
Layer upon layer of goodness. Unless you grew up in an Italian bakery, this is way better than anything you ate as a kid (apologies to all the chain restaurants with lasagna on the kid’s menu). Here is the full recipe for Matty Matheson’s Get You Laid Lassana.
5. Roll Each Other Up… A Burrito
Look out Taco Tuesdays, sometimes, it’s more fun to roll it up. The challenge of the perfect burrito roll, the surprise, the theme, and even making your own homemade chips and salsa.
And while it might be a weird flex, there is something about mastering the perfect burrito roll.
6. What’s more summer than a BBQ Burger?
Skip the frozen patties and go for something fresh. If you’re going to go fresh, go all the way, and grind your own meat to make the freshest burger you’ve ever had.
Spice it up with these jalapeno garlic homemade ground burgers, and for the chef secret? Cook it in a cast iron pan, even if you’re grilling it outside.
7. Is there anything sweeter than homemade cookies?
What’s the best part about making your own soft-baked cookies? Eating the raw cookie dough. Make a little mess in the kitchen and have the perfect dessert. Make a homemade ice cream sandwich with your partner’s favourite ice cream or pack them in their bag for a snack with a love note.
8. Brunch the next day.
You made the lasagna right? If you did, you probably had a late-night making it time for brunch. Quick, simple, and elegant, you can make Gordon Ramsay’s scrambled eggs the centrepiece to any day after meal.
What’re your favourite recipes for a date night in? Let us know in the comments.