There’s no doubt about it — love is in the air, everywhere you look around! 💛
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you’re likely thinking about how you’re going to show your loved one just how much they mean to you. Whether you’ve been with your spouse for decades, are living with your partner or have just started dating someone new, a home-cooked meal is the perfect way to show your affections. After all, they say the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach!
That’s why we’ve rounded up 15 simple Valentine’s Day food ideas to make for a date. From savoury creations to sweet, heart-shaped treats, these delicious dishes are certain to impress.
1. Heart-shaped pizza
What better way is there to show someone they have a pizza your heart than with this crowd-pleasing dish? After all, everyone loves pizza! Whether you’re making the dough from scratch or buying a pre-made base, it’s fairly easy to cut or roll your pizza into the shape of a heart. But if you’re looking for an even easier option, you could always get a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make mini pizzas.
2. Chocolate covered strawberries
There’s a reason chocolate-covered strawberries are a classic favourite for Valentine’s Day. They’re so simple, yet so romantic! Plus, they’re a great way to prove to your date that you remembered whether they prefer milk, dark or white chocolate! They’re easy to make yourself by dipping strawberries in melted chocolate then setting them in the refrigerator. However, if you’re pressed for time, you can also likely grab them pre-dipped
It’s not all about the sweet treats on Valentine’s Day! If the object of your affection is more of a savoury tooth, a cheese fondue is a great choice. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also a fun, interactive date activity. It involves dipping crudites like bread, baby tomatoes and salami on skewers into a pot of melted cheese. While you can use pretty much any type of cheese, Swiss varieties like Emmental and Gruyère tend to work best.
3. Cheese fondue
This melt-in-your-mouth treat is likely to score you serious brownie points this Valentine’s Day. It’s perfect served as part of a several-course dinner, or even just on its own. For bonus points, try making your brownie in a heart-shaped dish and serving with a sprinkle of icing and some cherries on the side.
4. Chocolate brownie
Baked treats like cupcakes make an adorable Valentine’s Day gift idea. Not only will you get to enjoy a few (or more!) together, but you’ll also be on their mind as they eat them for the rest of the week. Red velvet, chocolate and vanilla are all great choices. To give them some extra romantic flair, be sure to pop some heart-shaped sprinkles on top of the icing.
Ready to let the good times roll? Make a sushi platter for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day! This is one you can make yourself at home, or ‘cheat’ and buy some pre-made rolls from your supermarket or sushi shop. Opt for smaller Maki rolls rather than longer rolls, as these are going to be easier to mould into a heart shape. You can either half the rolls diagonally and press them together, or just arrange the rolls in a heart shape around the plate.
You don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to serve this European treat on Valentine’s Day! Meringue is fairly easy to make yourself at home from simple ingredients. Mix egg whites, sugar, vanilla essence and a sprinkle of salt, then spoon onto lined trays to bake. To give them extra ‘wow’ factor, try adding some rose essence or red food coloring and using a piping bag to swirl them into a rose shape. Your date will feel like they’re floating on a cloud as they tuck into this heavenly treat!
8. Heart toast
Sometimes, the simplest things can be the sweetest. Imagine waking up on February 14th to a heart-shaped breakfast in bed! This Valentine’s Day food idea puts a romantic spin on the classic, egg-in-a-hole recipe. You can make heart toast by putting a heart-shaped cookie cutter in the middle of a toasted slice of bread, then cutting out the middle. Then, use the same cookie cutter to cook eggs in the same of the heart, before inserting into the hole. They’ll love you for your creativity!
There’s nothing cheesy about making this classic dessert for your sweetheart! Cheesecake makes for a delicious, post-dinner treat that’s not overly rich or heavy. Making it in the shape of a heart or adding touches like a raspberry swirl throughout helps elevate this dish for the special occasion.
10. Heart-shaped pie
Who says meat pies can’t be romantic? There’s no better way to put an Aussie spin on your Valentine’s Day date than with a heart-shaped pie. You can create this effect by tracing a heart shape into the puff pastry when you’re making your pies. Serve with some mash potato and veggies to complete this hearty meal.
There’s something about Valentine’s Day that can make us all feel like a giddy teenager again, no matter how old we are. So, why not channel that feeling by gifting your date this schoolyard classic? To give it a more grown-up update, it’s all about the embellishments — think icing swirls and heart sprinkles. You can make lollipops at home with just a few simple ingredients — sugar, corn syrup and food coloring.
Another perfect way to say ‘I heart you’ on Valentine’s Day morning is with this cute breakfast. Use cookie cutters to mould your pancake mix into the shapes of hearts and sprinkle with icing sugar and fresh fruit. Serve it with a piping hot coffee and fresh OJ and they’re sure to cherish you forever.
12. Heart-shaped Pancakes
13. Cookie bouquet
A bouquet of roses is always a foolproof Valentine’s Day gift, but sometimes you need to shake things up. A cookie bouquet is a cute and clever way to do just that. Plus, they feel more casual than red roses, which is perfect for newer relationships. Try making some shortbread cookies with dyed-pink or red icing, then attaching to skewer sticks to create your stunning arrangement.
14. Simple skewers
You can’t go past a romantic picnic for a summer Valentine’s Day date. But, you don’t want to spend hours preparing or cleaning up, so it’s best to opt for simple and unfussy dishes. These skewers only take minutes to make, but look adorable and are sure to impress your date. Try combining savoury snacks like cheese and cut-up veggies with fresh fruit like strawberries and grapes — with a little bit of herb garnish to finish. For the extra ‘wow’ factor, use cookie cutters to cut your watermelon into hearts.
Whether you’re trying to say ‘I love you’ or ‘I miss you’, there’s no better way than with Tiramisu. There’s something so romantic about this Italian, coffee-flavoured treat and you can take this to the next level by adding cute heart shapes. This is one decadent dessert that’s designed to be savoured slowly, so there will be plenty of time for intimate conversation.
Food is the universal language of love. Whether your relationship is new or old, it can say much more than silver or gold ever can. So, wear your heart on your sleeve this Valentine’s Day by whipping up one of these romantic dishes for your beloved.