Staying in is the new going out. At the end of a long, hard week, it is natural to want to spend some quality time with your loved one by staying in the comfort of your own cozy home, especially during the brutal winter months when travel and plans can be difficult to adhere to. These dinner date ideas at home bring you the easiness of a simple dinner with the elegance of a date night out on the town.
First Course: Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons
There is no better way to start off a dinner date at home than with a fresh Caesar salad complete with homemade creamy dressing and crisp croutons. A Caesar salad relies upon the freshest ingredients in order to make its flavors pop. Start with a crispy head of Romaine lettuce and watch the rest of your salad come together like magic. The easy, mayo-based dressing only takes 10 minutes total and the quick, five minute prep time garlic croutons add a burst of Italian flavor sure to woo your date. Toss it all together and your first course is complete!
Second Course: Grilled Zucchini and Eggplant Parmigiana
Continuing with the dinner date ideas at home, this dish will please both meat-lovers and vegetarians alike. The cheesy, hearty soul of this recipe is perfect for a comforting, delicious main course. A huge plus is that it is incredibly easy to execute, and if a grill is not available, the broil setting on your oven will do just fine. As a last resort, pan-searing the eggplant and zucchini will work well, too! There are so many options to personalize this recipe, but the essential piece that brings it all together is fresh mozzarella and basil.
The most intricate of these dinner date ideas at home, tiramisu is sure to be an elegant finale to your date night. A fine Italian dessert tradition, the light decadence of the chocolate, coffee, and vanilla flavors are sure to leave your palette cleansed and satisfied after a hearty Italian dinner. Served chilled, the tiramisu itself has a prep time of only 15 minutes, but must chill for at least one hour in the fridge in order to allow the mascarpone cheese to set and solidify around the buttery lady fingers. The key to a truly flavorful tiramisu is to ensure that the 1 ½ cups of brewed coffee that is used is of the highest quality. A richer, bolder coffee bean means that your tiramisu will retain a hint of coffee flavor, and not get lost among the strong flavor of the vanilla extract and mascarpone.
It is important to show our loved ones how much we care. These dinner date ideas at home are a wonderful way to show your love through an investment of time and energy that all results in a delicious and rewarding dinner that can be made on any night of the week. Have you tried a dinner date at home? How did it go? Tweet us @CraveDuJour to tell us about it!