The best part of being married? Getting to spend every single day with your best friend. Even staying in at home can turn into a night to remember.
If you were to think about a romantic date night you might envision being wined and dined by your man (or woman) at a restaurant. And it’s true, there is nothing like a fun night out on the town, but I can honestly say some of our greatest date nights have been spent right in the comfort of our house.
One of our favorite things to do is cooking together. We pour ourselves a drink, turn up the music and become an awesome culinary tag team.
The key to success? Not rushing. We cook in courses to make the night last. Not only does this prevent having a total mess in the kitchen by the end of the night but it also keeps us from feeling overstuffed.
Want a simple recipe for a romantic date night at home? Take a look at one of our favorite meals we have ever cooked together…
A simple shrimp cocktail
This is one of the easiest appetizers to make and I always forget how much we enjoy it. Once the shrimp are peeled and deveined it’s as simple as throwing them into boiling water with Old Bay seasoning for about 2-3 minutes. Once they are finished (they should be pink) throw them into a bowl of ice water to make sure they don’t overcook. Here is my favorite recipe for cocktail sauce.
Creamy Sweet Pea Risotto
Risotto is one of our absolute favorite dishes and this particular recipe is my husband’s specialty. I really love watching him cook it.
This sweet pea risotto is creamy, thick and full of flavor. It does take about 45 minutes to make but it is totally worth the wait! This dish is great as an entree, which is how we usually it enjoy it, but was truly a special treat as an appetizer.
Lobster with Broccolini and Salad
This course was surprisingly easy to make.
For the lobster, it was easy as boiling them for 15 minutes. While that cooked we made our salad and the broccolini.
We blanched the broccolini in boiling water for 2 minutes then threw it into ice water so it would stop cooking. Next we sauteed them in a pan for about three minutes with a little olive oil and two diced up cloves of garlic. We squeezed a little fresh lemon juice on them right before we sat down. YUM
Fresh Fruit & Whipped Cream
After a feast like this we tried to keep it light. A few sliced strawberries and blackberries were refreshing and a sweet way to end the night.
We really enjoyed the night and everything was delicious. The best part? Once we were done we threw on our PJs and did what we do best…binged on Netflix.
So next time you are looking for a great date night, forget the fancy restaurant and stay in!