A Romantic Dinner Date Menu

What are you making for date night this week?

Whether you're the guy cooking for your lady, or the lady preparing a meal for your man, sometimes we all need a little help when coming up with just the right menu to impress our date. This week, we’ve been inspired by the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the market and some of our favorite edible aphrodisiacs, including honey, figs, basil, and fish. Have a hankering for oysters? Sure, add ‘em to the menu — we’ll even show you how to shuck your own.

 

Charbroiled Oysters

Cheesy, buttery, and just a bit crispy, these oysters, a classic aphrodisiac, are a perfect way to start off the evening, especially when paired with a bottle of bubbly.

 

Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

A riff on the classic Italian combination of fresh basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella that is easy to prepare and full of flavor. Basil's aroma is thought to increase sexual desire.

 

Quickly-Cooked Halibut

A light and easy-to-prepare entrée that will impress your date (plus, the high levels of dopamine in the fish will help make you both feel a little sexier). Serve alongside the tomato salad with a loaf of fresh ciabatta or country bread for mopping up the juices.

 

Fresh Fig and Raspberry Tart

Your evening is not complete without something sweet. Fresh fruit and honey star in this tart that tastes more indulgent than it is, especially when served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla.

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