There are many occasions throughout the year when I want to step my dinner game up a notch and make something really nice. Birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, and special visitors, to name a few. Crafting a beautiful and delicious meal is a great way to show love and appreciation for someone!
If you’re looking for recipes that are special, but not totally off-the-wall, you’re in the right place.
Choose an appetizer, main course, and dessert from this list for an amazing three-course meal, or keep it simple and focus on making a show-stopping dessert.
Whether you’re cooking for two or ten, these meals won’t disappoint.
(Oh, and if you are looking for something special to make for Valentine’s Day, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve listed many pink-colored dishes! And if it’s not pink, be like Tara and make it pink.)
Cheesy Parmesan Chicken Garlic Bread – The Food Cafe
Oven Roasted Melting Potatoes – Simply Sated
Winter Fruit Salad – Natasha’s Kitchen
Philly Cheesecake Dip – Rachael Ray
Bite-sized Bloomin’ Onions – Macheesemo
Spinach and Artichoke Hand Pies – Will Cook For Smiles
Zesty Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp – McCormick.com
Fried Sweet Plantain Slices – Smart Little Cookie
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs – Spend With Pennies
Best Ever Broccoli Salad – Mom on Timeout
Garlic Parmesan Salmon and Asparagus Foil Pack – Calorie Warrior
Pan-Seared Filet Mignon with Garlic & Herb Butter Recipe – Kitchen Swagger
Grilled Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad – Cafe Delights
Ultimate Garlic Pork Loin Roast – Dinner Then Dessert
Blackened Chicken Alfredo – Aunt Bee’s Recipes
Roasted Portobello Mushroom, Pecan and Chestnut Wellington – Washington Post
Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken Breast – I Wash You Dry
Ricotta Stuffed Shells With Creamy Pesto – One Green Planet
Pineapple Ham Fried Rice – Rachael Ray
Flank Steak Pinwheels – Art From My Table
Pork Carnitas Tacos with Mango Black Bean Salsa – The Flavor Bender
Vietnamese Chicken Red Cabbage Cups – Rachael Ray
Spinach Artichoke Pasta – The Pioneer Woman
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan – Six Sister’s Stuff
Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake – Sugar Hero
Pink Lemonade No Bake Cheesecake Parfaits – Cravings of a Lunatic
Blueberry Pavlova – Rachael Ray
Brownie-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Thumbprint Cookies -Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Apple Pie Enchiladas – Sugar Apron
S’mores Macarons – Bakers Royale
Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad – The Slow-Roasted Italian
Raspberry Nutella Puff Pastry Heart – It’s Always Autumn
Dole Pineapple Whip (and instructions on how to make other fruit whip variations) – The Blendtec Blog
Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry – Just a Pinch Recipes
Cannoli Recipe – Italian Dessert Recipes
Homemade Cream Puffs – Chef In Training
Which recipe did you try for your special night? How did it turn out? (We can swap fail stories, too. We all have ’em.)
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