Since I just passed on these recommendations to a certain someone (I won’t give you away!), I thought I might as well share them with the rest of you. These are recipes that I think are special enough for your sweetie but fast and easy enough for the cook to be able to relax and enjoy the evening.
Chicken with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes – Juicy chicken with elegant presentation, plus you can assemble it a day ahead.
Goat Cheese “Ravioli” with Parsley Sauce – Use wonton wrappers to make almost-homemade ravioli. This one can even be made a day ahead (or frozen) to make mealtime that much easier.
Halibut Meuniere – This is a fast, fresh-tasting fish option. Love that golden crust!
Pan-Seared Steak – No grill required. This is a great way to create a steakhouse-style meal at home.
Pear and Prosciutto “Carpaccio” – This one is more of an appetizer, but it’s gorgeous and easy. Reduce the balsamic vinegar a day before to get things on the table even faster.
Penne with Vodka Sauce – Pink sauce is so in line with Valentine’s Day, don’t you think?
Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Chops – As I said in the original post, this one is AMAZING. No one will believe it only took 15 minutes to make. Be sure to get prosciutto di Parma at the deli, though… The packaged stuff is borderline inedible.
Raisin-and-Bread-Stuffed Pork Chops – It’s comforting and delicious, and it only takes 25 minutes to go from ‘fridge to table (including a side of veggies).
Let me know if you give any of them a try!