Fill the table with love with these easy and tasty Valentine’s Day Dinner ideas. All are romantic, and some family-friendly, too. I promise you can make these meals if you’re a seasoned cook or just starting your home cooking journey!
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1. Tri tip in oven
Tri-tip is an ideal Valentine’s Day meal for beginners to home cooking because it’s forgiving to cook.
It’s a delicious and impressive choice for a romantic dinner, but can easily feed 3-4 people if you’re cooking a Vday meal for a family.
2. Smoked turkey breast
Smoked turkey breast is an excellent Valentine’s Day meal for a few people and thanks to the forgiving nature of smoker cooking, it is a delectable, but also a low-maintenance dish – because who wants to stress on Vday?
3. T bone steak in oven
Cooking a T-bone steak in the oven is remarkably easy for beginners, but it will give all those steak dinner vibes that bring the romance for your evening…
4. Homemade pizza
Have fun cooking with the family… get the kids in the kitchen to make this Valentine’s Day homemade pizza with store bought dough…
See how to make heart shaped pizza…
You can shape the pizza into a heart and make it on a baking sheet – or try this pizza stone recipe.
5. Creamy steak sauce
This peppercorn sauce recipe is perfect for making any Valentine’s Day steak dinner taste even more delicious…
6. Smoked chicken breast
Smoking chicken breast is an ideal Valentine’s Day recipe you can make in the Traeger. Turn the chicken into comfort food like smoked enchiladas, and it will make your evening super cozy.
7. Sirloin steak in oven
8. Cranberry BBQ sauce
Homemade BBQ sauce is easy to make, but the effort of making it from scratch is always appreciated… which is why it makes a great Valentine’s Day recipe.
Make it a day ahead then serve it for dinner with frozen crockpot meatballs, or to dip chicken thighs or chicken wings in.
9. Sous vide frozen steak
Sous vide is one of the cooking methods that my husband and I came together to enjoy learning about at the beginning of our relationship.
For us, it all started when his boss gifted us a sous vide machine for our wedding… and after I got really into it, I wrote the Home Chef’s Sous Vide Cookbook which is on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles, amongst others.
You can easily make steak for Valentine’s Day by freezing it ahead of time, then sous vide cooking it from frozen before it’s time to eat.
10. Homemade hamburger patties
11. Smoked pizza
12. Fettuccine noodle recipe
Cooking can be so romantic… especially if you make this pasta dish with your significant other on Valentine’s Day…
13. Pork belly burnt ends
Definitely the way to my husband’s heart any day of the year – but with Feb 14th coming up, keep it in mind – This is a tasty and special dish to smoke on the Traeger for Vday.
14. Blueberry turnovers
Make the blueberry compote from scratch (it’s easy – I swear), then spoon it into puff pastry for delicious, flaky homemade pastries for dessert or brunch on Valentine’s Day.
15. Smoked scallops
16. Caramelized onions
Probably the least expensive thing you can add to a Valentine’s Day dinner is a generous, heaping pile of caramelized onions.
Pile it on top of steak… maybe with a sprinkle of blue cheese or parmesan cheese, or with a drizzle of balsamic reduction on top… mmm!
17. Smoked turkey
Feeding a crowd for a Valentine’s Day party? Make a tasty smoked whole turkey…
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18. Spatchcock Smoked Turkey
19. Bacon wrapped hot dogs
This is a great idea for serving kids…
20. BBQ ribeye on the grill
If you want to grill something special for Valentine’s Day, ribeye steak is a great choice… drizzle on my peppercorn sauce or melt a chunk of compound butter on top to make it extra special.
21. Pesto fettuccine
Italian food definitely brings the romance when it comes to cooking Valentine’s Day dinner at home…
22. Smoked flank steak
23. Smoked mac and cheese
Definitely the recipe that is the way to anyone’s heart…
24. Cherry turnovers with pie crust
25. Butterfly drumsticks
26. Raspberry turnovers
27. Sous vide turkey breast
28. Sous vide porterhouse
29. Chicken lime soup
30. Smoked tomahawk steak
The perfect Vday dish for two!
31. Grilled shrimp
32. Lasagna soup
33. Labneh dip
Mmm… serve this as an appetizer with freshly toasted pita bread and veggies like cucumbers and carrot sticks…
34. Traeger rack of lamb
35. Smoked meatballs
These are definitely unexpected, but you’ll be hooked once you find out how easy and delicious it is to smoke meatballs in sauce on the Traeger.
36. Pepperoni pizza
Most people have no idea how easy it is to make pepperoni pizza at home that tastes as good, if not better than delivery.
Homemade pizza is easy when you have a few pointers to get started, like choosing the right ingredients, and stretching the dough in a way I will walk you through.
37. Homemade meatballs with veggies
I have a method for making meatballs from scratch that are packed with veggies that everyone loves. They’re perfect to toss in the crock pot and cook all day so dinner is easy to put together.
38. Ground beef stuffed shells
39. Coulotte steak
This unique steak cut is great for two.
40. Beef back ribs
You’ll be loving these beef back ribs.
41. Mini loaf pan recipes
Aren’t these little dessert loafs cute? We eat them for brunch, dessert or a snack. Sometimes with the icing, other times just griddled in a cast iron pan with some butter.
You can change up the fruit to your liking – try diced apples, peaches, or plump blueberries.
42. Bacon wrapped asparagus
43. Whole roasted chicken
44. Crock pot chicken drumsticks
45. Angel hair pasta with chicken breast
46. Smoked cornish hens
47. Banana bread cake
48. Baby back ribs in oven
49. Smoked shrimp
50. Blue cheese dressing
The joy in home cooking is in finding things you can cook that would be easy to buy… but taste better homemade…
Making your own blue cheese dressing requires just a few ingredients and will elevate any salad, sandwich, or appetizer like wings or even a simple veggie tray.
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Now it’s time to create a Valentine’s Day feast that’s not just delicious but filled with the love that makes every bite extraordinary. Happy cooking!
And don’t forget – I’m here to help you put together delicious meals, right at home. If you have any questions, drop them in the comments.
– JennaNext, browse the Sip Bite Go recipe collection…