Fondue, an inherently intimate dish, is a no-brainer entrée for Valentine’s Day. Resurrect this old rule—if a woman drops food into the pot, she has to kiss the person seated next to her!—to keep things interesting!
Signature drink: Pomegranate-Ginger Prosecco Cocktails
Start the night off with a celebratory toast with a cocktail that’s sparkling, sweet and slightly spicy all at the same time.
Appetizer: Shrimp Cocktail Platter
Snack on icy cold shrimp and tangy cocktail sauce while you prep the fondue. The molded presentation looks fancy, but comes together in a snap!
Salad: Spinach-Strawberry Salad
Using bags of ready-to-eat spinach or mixed greens cuts the prep time of this tasty tossed salad way down. Toss it together while the fondue’s doing its thing so you’re ready to dig into everything at the same time. (If you’re not a kiwi fan, try diced green apple!)
Main course: Cheese Fondue
Fire up your fondue pot (or slow cooker!) and make this traditional cheese fondue. Tip: Cube your bread in the morning so it’s good and crusty by the time dinner rolls around.
Dessert: Fudge Lover’s Strawberry Truffle Cake
Indulge in this lovely chocolate delight, studded with strawberries and topped with a pretty white chocolate drizzle. While this is best served the same day it’s made, you can also make it ahead and freeze, tightly wrapped, for up to two months.