The 7 Sexiest Dishes You Can Make Someone on Valentine's Day
Whip up a restaurant-quality meal at home.
About a year into dating, my now-wife and I decided to opt out of Valentine's Day. We weren't so non-conformist as to disregard the holiday completely, but we were most certainly done with the hustle: hustling to score a reservation at an overcrowded restaurant that's hustling to turn over two-top after two-top and serve up a prix-fixe menu that's never as good as the regular one.
Instead, we decided to stay home and cook up a Valentine's Day dinner of our own, and now it's become an annual tradition that I highly recommend. As more people opt to celebrate at home this year due to COVID-19, there are a couple things to keep in mind. Sure, the act of cooking for someone is inherently intimate, but some meals are more conducive to romantic evenings than others, and it has nothing to do with dubiously scientific "aphrodisiac" properties.
First, your meal has to be attainable. Yes, it's a special occasion, but that doesn't mean you want to spend the evening stressed out and fussing with your new immersion circulator or whatever. But it still has to feel fancy. Even if you both love a good box of mac 'n cheese with some hot dogs cut up in it, you're going to bring a little more magic to the equation if you stretch yourself a little beyond what you'd serve on a typical weeknight. And finally, you need to make sure your meal won't put you in a food coma. You should come away from the meal satisfied, but not "let's just watch Property Brothers in sweatpants" satisfied.
So what qualifies? Here are my go-to special occasion meals that'll help you break free from the Valentine's Day Reservation Industrial Complex.
Duck breastThese days you can find duck breast at most Whole Foods-y type establishments and even some of your mainstream grocers. Bonus: they usually come with two in each pack! People often find duck intimidating because of the big layer of fat covering the breast, but that just means it takes a little extra time spent gently sizzling before it crisps up beautifully. Done right, it comes out pink and juicy and looking like a steak and a chicken had a baby. (Note: This is not how ducks are actually made.) When you make someone duck it always elicits a "whoa, look at you" reaction even though it's only marginally more complicated than making a chicken breast, while tasting infinitely better. You can go many different directions with sauces and accoutrements, but I particularly enjoy this preparation.
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