If you forgot to make reservations this year, but still want to give your special someone a restaurant-quality dinner, channel your inner 5-star chef! No crowd, wait, or tip needed to give them a memorable dinner and show your love. From rosemary-scented steaks to cheesy enchiladas, here are 5 Valentine’s Day-worthy recipes from some of our favorite Texas hotspots.
Italian is always a top choice for V-Day. B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar in Houston has a simple Vodka sauce that has a surprising savory ingredient that adds an extra oompf… BACON! Serve this with pasta that has ridges or grooves so that it can hold on to every bit of the delectable sauce in its nooks and crannies.
Make a statement this season with an ultra-impressive double-boned pork chop. This Texas-sized entree from Boudro’s is a fan favorite on the famous San Antonio River Walk and will be a favorite in your kitchen, too! The chop is marinated in a blend of garlic, cumin seeds, chipotle chilies in adobo sauce and honey, then seared and placed on a bed of spicy-sweet Sweet Potato Hash with Grilled Pineapple Pico De Gallo.
Sometimes simple is best. This marinade from Nick’s Fish Dive & Oyster Bar in Houston is so easy to whip up: Prep your steak in the morning then grill it to your sweetie’s liking for a perfectly-seasoned and juicy steak.
Pignetti’s Salmon Alejandro
Save your calories and money this year with this recipe for Salmon Alejandro from Pignetti’s in Temple. This is a heart-healthy dish thanks to Omega-3 packed salmon, plus it’s low in carbs because of the spiralized vegetable noodles. You and your loved one won’t have to worry about your diet and can focus more on each other!
Turn up the heat this year with spicy and saucy enchiladas from Irma’s Original in Houston. If they’re good enough for the Houston Astros, it’ll be great for Valentine’s Day. Making your own sauce is quite easy and assembling the enchiladas together would be a fun hands-on cooking project for you and your sweetheart.